Besides being the biggest, funnest bicycle party of the year and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the members of the iconic 7-Eleven team, the Saris Gala on Nov. 12th is also an important fundraiser for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. This year’s gala will feature a special effort to raise money for next year’s effort to get a vulnerable users’ law passed.
Vulnerable user laws define a class of roadway users who are more vulnerable to being killed or seriously injured by a motor vehicle. The definition may include bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, equestrians, highway workers, motorcyclists and farm equipment users. A Vulnerable User Law is intended to protect vulnerable roadway users and to appropriately and fairly punish those who harm them through reckless, careless, or even malevolent behavior.
A Vulnerable User Law in Wisconsin would provide law enforcement and prosecutors with an enhanced set of penalties that fall between a basic traffic infraction and a serious crime. Essentially, the law increases the penalty for careless or inattentive driving when these actions result in the injury or death of a vulnerable user.
Bike Fed is in the process of building support with partners across the State and will work with legislators to pass a Vulnerable Users’ Law in 2012.
States with similar laws: Illinois (allows for Class 3 felony), Oregon (commentary here), New York (A07917-C S5292-B), Delaware
Look for the special opportunity at the Saris Gala, the Bike Fed’s biggest fundraiser of the year held on November 12, which will feature a special opportunity to make a donation to help pass a vulnerable users’ law in Wisconsin. To register for the event (ticket prices increase from $40 to $50 on November 1st) and for more information, visit: www.sarisgala.org.