We are delighted to report that on Tuesday, January 28th, Governor Snyder signed legislation giving bicyclists the option of signaling a right turn by extending their right arm horizontally. Until now, they could signal a right turn with an L position by extending their left arm upward. The legislation, signed into law as Public Act 1 of 2014, is the first bill to be signed into law by the Governor this year.
According to AP Reports, Snyder says the "common-sense" law will make roads safer. The old 1949 law was passed at a time most automobiles lacked turn indicators and motorists had to use hand signals.
The bill's sponsor is Republican Rep. Anthony Forlini of Macomb County's Harrison Township. Forlini says most drivers are unfamiliar with bicyclists' traditional right-hand turn gesture.
LMB, who spearheaded the proposed changes to the vehicle code, is glad to see this simple revision adopted into law. "32 states have already adopted this common sense update to their vehicle codes, said John Lindenmayer, Advocacy & Policy Director. "It's more intuitive for both drivers and bicyclists. Ultimately, we hope that with promotion of the new law, we'll see more bicyclists choosing to use hand signals, improving safety and awareness for all road users."
Read PA 1 of 2014.
Pictured L to R: Bill sponsor State Representative Anthony Forlini, LMB Member Kelly Thomas, Governor Rick Snyder, League of Michigan Bicyclists' Advocacy & Policy Director John Lindenmayer, and Legislative Aide Joseph Aragona.