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  • Emma Hogg
  • Wed December 28 2016
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017

Donnie Miller has been an avid cyclist for over 40 years, but during that time frame he’s had a few close calls.

“I’ve been hit by three cars in my lifetime, but more importantly I go to funerals for friends of mine that have been killed.”

For the last 12 years Miller has pushed for bike safety for all riders in the Quad Cities as a safety consultant for Ride Illinois. Currently, in both Iowa and Illinois bicyclists are considered vehicles and must abide by the same laws as cars. However, starting January 1, lawmakers hope a new law taking effect in Illinois will help clarify those guidelines and increase cyclist and motorist safety. House Bill 5912 amends the state’s vehicle code, and will assign the same-right-of-way privileges to cyclists that car drivers have. The law is also known as “Dennis’s Law” which came after a judge’s ruling on a 2015 fatal accident involving a man from Hampshire, Illinois.


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