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Senate passes bike safety legislation

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, second from left, along with Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, left, Economic Development Secretary Alicia Keyes, second from right, and Jen Schroer, tourism secretary, ride their bikes to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe last month to promote outdoor activities in New Mexico. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — Both chambers of the state Legislature have now passed a bill requiring New Mexico drivers to stay at least 5 feet away as they pass bicyclists on the road.

But the Senate adopted an amendment to the legislation, so it will have to go back to the House for approval again.

House Bill 192 was jointly sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe.

Wirth said he was once struck while riding a bike and that he hoped the bill would promote safety on the road.

The Senate-approved amendment says that a cyclist, when practical, must stay in the bike lane if there is one next to the roadway.

Senators passed the bill 29-12 on Thursday.

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