It’s being sold as a safety measure: HB 1937 would require bicyclists to wear reflective vests on state highways. What it’s more likely to accomplish: Making bicycling more difficult and less attractive.
The language of the bill offers no exceptions, so it is reasonable to assume that a bicyclist would be required to wear a vest even when crossing a state highway. Many state highways crisscross Springfield’s urban core.
The Missouri House Transportation Committee will hear the bill on Tuesday. Please click that link for details about how you can help, including details about testifying before the committee.
I think we should resist this bill. Please contact your state representative if you agree.