New bike laws in effect as of July 1

Important changes to Connecticut’s laws for cyclists took effect on July 1.
The Bicycle Safety bill, Senate Bill 502 and now Public Act 15-41, was passed in May with broad bipartisan support. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law on June 1.
The new law eliminates the confusing, and often unsafe, rule requiring cyclists to ride as far to the right as practicable.
Instead, the law now requires cyclists to ride as close to the right side of the road as is safe, as judged by the cyclist. Bike Walk Connecticut specifically advocated for that language, which is modeled on a best practice from Colorado as identified by the League of American Bicyclists.
As of July 1, cyclists don’t have to ride as close to the right side of the road when:


The new law also allows two-way bicycle lanes, buffered bike lanes, and cycle tracks to be designed in Connecticut and allows drivers to cross the double yellow line to pass slower-moving cyclists and other road users when it’s safe to do so.