Saturday, June 5, 2010
Governor Crist signs HB 971 into law
Florida Bicycle Association News Release
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Crist signed HB 971, among many other bills into law. Thanks to all of you who expressed your concerns over this bill encouraging it to be vetoed. Yes, this is a defeat, but now we must rally together to plan our strategy for the 2011 Legislative Session.
HB 971 isn't all bad. At 81 pages, there are many good things in the bill and unfortunately the mandatory bike lane use was slipped in late in the Session, along with other pedestrian issues. This process is not unusual, but now FBA will be planning for it....
It is up to all of us to make something good come out of HB 971. We will not go away empty-handed but will come back strong in 2011.
Note: Mike Lasche, Executive Director of Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocates in Sarasota & Legislative Director of FBA, had a guest commentary on HB 971 printed in Island Reporter this week.