The New York Bicycling Coalition, a great organization that advocates for safe bicycling policies on all levels of government (I am proud to be a board member),recently began publishing a series of stories on state-specific highlights of traffic laws that affect bicyclists.

“It was an accident!”

The words we choose to describe things have an incredible influence on others’ perceptions of the world around us. “Accident” implies nothing could be done to stop the incident. It also suggests that there was no fault and that the outcome couldn’t have been foreseen.

The New York State legislative session runs through mid-June but we need support from our entire constituency NOW to make legalizing Class 1 E-bikes and 3’ codified in existing law as the standard for Safe Passing a reality.