Connecticut is enacting important new laws to protect pedestrians. They will help improve communication between pedestrians and drivers and make crossing the street safer for everyone.
THE NEW PEDESTRIAN LAWS IN DETAIL
Pa 21-28 (hb 5429) – An Act Concerning Pedestrian Safety
Yielding to Pedestrians at Crosswalks
This law expands the circumstances under which drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks that are not controlled by traffic signals or police officers. Currently, a driver must yield to a pedestrian, slowing or stopping as necessary, if the pedestrian has stepped off the curb or into the crosswalk.
Under the act, a driver must do so if the pedestrian: 1. is within any portion of the crosswalk; 2. steps to the curb at a crosswalk’s entrance and indicates intent to cross the road by raising his or her hand and arm toward oncoming traffic; or 3. indicates intent to cross the road by moving into the crosswalk’s entrance any body part or any extension of a body part, including a wheelchair, cane, walking stick, crutch, bicycle, electric bicycle, stroller, carriage, cart, or leashed or harnessed dog.
As under existing law, drivers who fail to yield at a crosswalk when required are subject to a $500 fine.
This law prohibits a person from causing physical contact between a vehicle door and moving traffic by (1) opening the door, if the moving traffic is traveling at a reasonable speed with due regard for the safety of people and property, or (2) leaving it open longer than needed to load or unload passengers.
Violations of this provision are infractions. Under the act, “moving traffic” includes motor vehicles, bicycles, electric bicycles, and electric foot scooters traveling on the highway and pedestrians and people riding bicycles, electric bicycles, or electric foot scooters on sidewalks, shoulders, or bikeways.
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In conjunction with National Trails Day, the Farmington Valley Trails Council (FVTC) will hold a bicycle ride on Saturday, June 5th. This event helps to promote public awareness of the rails-to-trails initiative in the Farmington Valley, attracting new and existing fans of the multi-use trail system.
This family-oriented event is designed for trail users of all abilities, and is fully supported until 12:30 pm.
Will offer: 15 mile ride, 20 mile ride and 30 mile “loop” ride
Start/end at the trail parking lot on Thompson Road, Avon.
Connecticut Trails Day 2021 – June 5 & 6, Trails Day is a two-day national event on the first weekend in June every year. It is a great time to pay tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer.
Trails Day is a two-day national event on the first weekend in June every year. It is a great time to pay tribute to all the wonderful trails our country has to offer. Trails and open spaces have become the places to escape to and enjoy when we need fresh air, a place to be inspired and to connect with our natural world.
Bike to Work Week 2021 will take place May 17-23, with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21.