TAB members should collaborate to create a TAB legislative agenda.
Dom Nozzi’s State Legislative Lobby Suggestions
- Support. Adopting the Idaho statewide rule to promote bicycling: Bicyclists can treat stop signs like yield signs, and red signal lights like stop signs. Stop signs and signal lights are designed to create safety for motorists, who drive large, heavy, high-speed vehicles. Stop signs and signal lights are inappropriate for cyclists, whose speed, sight lines, stopping ability, and weight make such motorist signs and lights unnecessary. There is an argument that because state law forbids the application of the Idaho policy to state roads, it would be too confusing to apply it to certain streets but not others. But this argument is unpersuasive, as Boulder already creates a similar inconsistency by allowing bicycling on certain sidewalks but not others.
- Support. Authorizing the City of Boulder to apply electronic tolling to major roads within city limits. Pricing roads would substantially increase funding equity for the transportation system, and would serve as an effective tool for encouraging a shift in transportation towards important Boulder objectives by discouraging low-value and single-occupant car trips.
- Support. Electronic tolling for I-70 (requires Boulder to successfully lobby the Federal Government to end the prohibition on tolling interstate highways). Like tolling within Boulder, this long-needed reform would substantially increase funding equity for the statewide transportation system. With more state transportation dollars available, state money would be freed up for more Boulder-based transportation projects.
- Oppose. Mandatory Bicycle Helmet law. Studies around the world show that mandatory helmet laws reduce the number of bicyclists. A number of communities with bike share programs have eliminated their mandatory helmet law as a result of such discouragement. There is evidence that by reducing the number of bicyclists in a community, mandatory helmet laws will harm overall health and reduce the longevity of the community.