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Arkansas Arkansas

Arkansas Governor Signed Bicycle-Friendly Legislation into Law

Asa Hutchinson, governor, Arkansas, signed Arkansas Act 650 of 2019 making Arkansas the second state to make it legal for people travelling by bicycle through the state to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs.

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling, a group representing local businesses, bicycle advocates, and various government agencies, recommended the law. The law does not change any right of way for vehicles using the roads and all other traffic laws still apply.

Joe Jacobs, chairperson, The Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling, said, “This change in traffic laws allows for cyclists to more safely navigate intersections since they will be able to move through before traffic begins to flow during light changes.”

The bill was supported by the League of American Cyclists, PeopleForBikes, and local advocacy groups such as Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas and Bike NWA.