Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) introduced a bill (A4165) this week aimed at educating new drivers on the correct ways to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians in an effort to curb injuries and accidents.
“As more and more residents in New Jersey opt to use a bicycle through share programs or just buying one for personal use, specifically in our urban areas, it’s necessary to ensure that our driver education classes, tests, and manuals are updated to reflect the changing landscape of the roads,” Chaparro said.
The bill requires that the curriculum for approved driver education courses and informational brochures from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission include information concerning the importance of safely sharing the road with bicyclists, skaters, and pedestrians. The legislation also hopes to raise awareness to all drivers about sharing the road safely.
“This bill will lead to more educated drivers who will learn the proper ways to pass a cyclist, recognize bike lanes and their importance, and exit vehicles without endangering pedestrians and cyclists, resulting in safer roads in New Jersey for everyone,” Chaparro said.
Under the new bill, the MVC would include bicycle and pedestrian safety questions as part of the written examination required to obtained a permit and basic driver’s license.
The bill is also sponsored by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-31), and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31).