House Bill 1731, also known as "The Bike Safety Bill," was signed by Governor Sununu on May 15th and officially becomes law on July 14, 2018. This bill updates a variety of existing New Hampshire statutes (RSAs) that will be applied across NH communities, including the City of Lebanon.
Here are specific updates of which bicyclists and drivers should be aware:
- Motor vehicles are now allowed to cross the painted unbroken centerline to pass a pedestrian or bicyclist when they can do so safely (updates RSA 265:22).
- Bicyclists can now use the right arm extended horizontally to indicate a right-hand turn signal (previous verbiage specified left hand only, pointed upward; updates RSA 265:47).
- Flashing headlamps can now be used on bicycles (previous verbiage stated only emergency vehicles could use flashing headlamps; updates RSA 266:78-e).
To review other rules for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists in New Hampshire, please visit the NH Ped/Bike website and review NH RSA 265: Rules of the Road.
If you have questions about these laws or more general concerns about related safety topics, please contact the Lebanon Police Department. You are also welcome to attend the City’s volunteer-based monthly Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee meetings.