The Bicycle Act, 649
From The Kodiak Republic Wiki
- Noting the lack of bicycle infrastructure in Kodiak, as well as the chronic car-dependency of Kodiak, the purpose of this legislation is to improve local and regional bike infrastructure in Kodiak and promote bicycle usage and access. It aims to reduce car usage and increase bicycle rider-ship, reduce CO2 emissions, reduce traffic congestion, increase overall productivity, increase commuter income, and increase the overall physical health of Kodiakers. The methods used will include: grants to municipalities to be used for bike infrastructure and access, the creation of bicycle “superhighways” connecting municipalities across Kodiak, the development of dedicated bike lanes in our existing infrastructure, and the establishment of departments to manage and oversee these goals.
PASSED on 26 January 2023, with 13 Aye, 2 Nay, and 3 Abstain.
Article 1 - Definitions
- 1.1 - Defines bicycle lane as a dedicated lane for bicycles.
- 1.2 - Defines bicycle highway as a medium to long-distance bi-directional bicycle lane connecting municipalities.
- 1.3 - Defines bicycle infrastructure as infrastructure dedicated bicycles.
Article 2 - Establishment of the National Bicycle Service (NBS)
- 2.1 - Forms the NBS under the Ministry of Transportation.
- 2.2 - The NBS shall oversee the management of all state programs regarding cycling.
- 2.3 - The NBS will oversee the promotion and encouragement of cycling.
- 2.4 - The Ministry of Transportation shall be allocated 50 million florins per quarter to fund the NBS's operations.
Article 3 - Establishment of the Department of Cycling Infrastructure (DCI)
- 3.1 - Establishes the DCI, subordinate to the NBS within the Ministry of Transportation.
- 3.2 - The DCI shall oversee the construction and maintenance of state-owned bicycle infrastructure.
- 3.3 - The Ministry of Transportation shall be allocated 150 million florins per quarter to fund the DCI's operations. 3.4 - The Ministry of Transportation shall be allocated 500 million florins upon it's founding to fund initial costs.
Article 4 - Safety and Regulations
- 4.1 - All bicycle lanes must be at least 1.5 km in length and 1 meter in width per direction of bicycle traffic, with the lane material consisting of orange-coloured pavement at least 250 mm thick.
- 4.2 - All bicycle lanes must be separated from car traffic by a median no less than 0.5 meters in length.
Written and Proposed by Luik Oule, MGA, KWP.