The South Dakota legislature passed a bill that will make South Dakota's roads safer for bicyclists, encouraging kids and adults to be more active in their daily lives. House Bill 1030 will put into state law the three-foot separation that cars and trucks must give to bicycles on public roads where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour and below. On roads where the speed limit is more than 35 miles per hour, driver's have to give a 6-foot clearance.
Not only will this law provide safer roads for bicyclists, but ultimately it raises awareness for bicycle safety among the bicycling and driving communities.
The American Heart Association was a strong supporter of this initiative because any effort to make bicycling or walking safer will go a long ways toward encouraging a more active lifestyle. A major component of obesity prevention is being active whether it's walking, bicycling, jogging or other types of outdoor activities and ensuring bicyclists are safe on our roads is a key component to an active lifestyle.
We applaud the South Dakota legislature for approving this measure and encourage Governor Dennis Daugaard to sign it in to law.