Two hundred square inches of reflective neon could become required equipment for cyclists, along with government-issued identification, if legislators support a bill that came before the state House on Thursday.

The bill garnered little support among cycling advocates but won half a dozen co-sponsors in the Legislature, who threw their names behind its introduction. In addition to identification and reflective clothing, the bill would also mandate that cyclists equip their rides with rear lights, a requirement already written into another state law, county officials say.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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(5) comments

John Apel

I almost always wear a bike helmet when riding my bike and often wear a high visibility jacket. However, its remarkable to me that any state that does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets would turn around and mandate 200 sq.inches of anything for bicyclists.
The ID requirement is completely stupid.

Chad guenter

Personal responsibilty will be abolished and ABSOLUTE 24/7 monitoring will be mandatory in the AmeriKan Nanny State.

This legislation is a black eye for Wyoming Liberty/Freedoms.

Olivia Sunday

“I’m kind of in favor of requiring rear lights for cyclists.” Are you, or aren't you?

Reflective clothing is one thing, but ID? My younger siblings don't have driving licenses or passports; they're kids for crying out loud! We don't need our kids to worry about being pulled over and carded for riding their bikes.

William Edmonds

A ridiculous idea. Nothing more than an attempt to increase hurdles to bicyclists use of the roads. 3 of the 5 cyclists killed in the last decade in my area were very experienced cyclists wearing hi-vis gear, lights, and riding appropriately. Still killed by inattentive drivers. People SHOULD use appropriate safety gear, but the problem is the bad DRIVERS, and no-one has the guts to address that.

Roy Garton

Reflection clothes, a red light, OK, what's with the ID? Many people bike for exercise and recreation and thus wear very light clothing. Where are you supposed to stick a ID? the next thing coming will be working turn signals. These are bikes for crying out loud. Not motorcycles. I always looked at Wyoming as one of the States where individual rights of the person and freedoms thereof was still a great privilege. I guess that is going away in the Cowboy state as well. At least here in Florida, those who rides bikes can so do so without being mandated to look like your under the thumb of the long arm of the law.

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