Steven Elbow, a Madison courts reporter and cyclist, delivers the news on a legislative effort by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin to simplify laws governing bike riding in the state.
As Elbow explains, it's a rare example of bipartisanship in the state's capitol.
I mean, how many times can you find the name of uber-liberal Mark Pocan on the same piece of legislation as right-wing firebrand Glenn Grothman?"
Here's what the law would do: allow cyclists to signal with either hand (right now it's only allowed with the left), use studded snow tires, and dispense with the rear reflector if they use a red light.
That's right, as the law now reads, no matter how blindingly bright a cyclist's rear light, it must be complemented by a reflector.
Kevin Hardman, the Bike Fed's executive director, acknowledges in the piece that the issues are relatively minor. It's a chance to gain traction for a bigger fight to come: a vulnerable users law that would increase the minimum penalty for a motorist who commits a traffic violation and injures or kills a biker, pedestrian or other protected user.
In their lobbying, the advocates will have far too many recent deaths to make their case.