SENATE COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

May 7, 2003                                                                                                            Hearing Room C

8:45 AM                                                                                                                   Tapes 106 - 107

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

VISITING MEMBERS:         Hon. Sen. Codi Frazier, Honorary Chair      

Sen. Frank Shields

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:        Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator  

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD: HB 2768 – Informational Meeting

                                                                       

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 106, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:50 a.m. introduces the Honorary Sen. Codi Frazier, who is a ten-year-old guest of the chair.

015

Sen. Codi Frazier

Opens the informational meeting on HB 2768.

HB 2768 – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

020

Rep. Floyd Prozanski

District 8.  Provides summary and testimony in favor of HB 2768.

100

Rep. Prozanski

Continues testimony elaborating on the need for HB 2768.

·         Safety

·         Congestion relief

150

Sen. Nelson

Asks for the estimate of bicycle riders in Oregon.

156

Rep. Prozanski

States he is unsure.

160

Sen. Shields

Asks if there are other states considering a change in the law to allow for yielding at stop signs.

170

Rep. Prozanski

Answers, states Idaho has had this law in affect for twenty years.

200

Sen. Nelson

Asks if younger children will be ale to comprehend the safety issue of stopping at stop signs and lights.

209

Rep. Prozanski

Comments on the bicycle safety taught to young people in Oregon.

240

Sen. Jason Atkinson

District 2.  Provides testimony in favor of HB 2768. Provides visual aide and detail of design intent of bicycle pedals. 

300

Sen. Shields

Asks about the tension placed on the clip-in bicycle pedal, and asks if it is a safety hazard, since the rider is unable to quickly remove their foot from the pedal for stopping.

320

Sen. Atkinson

Comments on the preference for clip-in pedal.  Provides details on various pedals used in bicycling.

350

Sen. Shields

Asks for clarification that the safety of the pedals is equal to both urban and rural riding.

360

Sen. Atkinson

Confirms.

370

Rep. Prozanski

Further elaborates on the small differences between urban and rural riders.

380

Sen. Atkinson

Elaborates on the SPD pedal design.

TAPE 107, A

003

Chief Wayne McFarland

McMinnville Police.  Provides testimony in opposition to HB 2768.

040

Sen. Shields

Comments on the language regarding bicyclists yielding to traffic.

050

Chief McFarland

Comments on the practicality of drivers.  States drivers need to be aware of the intent of the bicyclist at intersections.

055

Sen. Shields

Asks if there has been discussion with Idaho police to compare the increase of difficulty with this law.

065

Rick Waring

Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, Oregon Department of Transportation.  Provides testimony in opposition to HB 2768.

090

Waring

States that HB 2768 will:

·         Send mixed messages to young children

·         Introduce uncertainty for drivers as to a bicyclists intention at an intersection

·         Can negatively impact bicyclists

·         Bicyclist perception

111

Sen. Nelson

Asks for a response to the theory that this bill will not cause great amounts of behavioral change.

120

Waring

Comments on the amount of change that can be anticipated.

130

Sen. Deckert

Asks if there has been information from other states on this bill.

140

Waring

Responds that a brief research was done on Idaho’s safety data and states there was nothing that suggested an increased fatality rate for bicyclists.

157

Sandra Bishop

Bicyclist, Eugene.  Provides testimony in support of HB 2768.  Encourages the need to look into the statistics from states that already have this law in effect.

200

Chair Frazier

Closes the informational hearing and adjourns the committee at 9:34 a.m.