March 25, 2019
Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 34-0 (with 1 excused) to advance SB19-144, Motorcyclists and Malfunctioning Traffic Signals, a bill sponsored by Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) to give greater flexibility to motorcyclists on Colorado roads. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“Motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable drivers on the road, and I have heard from many constituents about how this problem affects them,” said Senator Zenzinger. “My bill passed with bipartisan support because it’s a commonsense measure that will clarify the rules of the road for motorcyclists and keep Colorado’s roads safer.”
Some traffic signals, in particular “inductive loop” signals, fail to detect the presence of a motorcycle. SB19-144 would allow motorcycle drivers to treat the signal in the same manner as a stop sign when the signal fails to recognize them.To learn more about SB19-144, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-144.