Las Vegas Sun

October 2, 2023

Bill would allow motorized wheelchairs in bike lanes

CARSON CITY — Bicyclists might have to start sharing the road with motorized wheelchair users under a proposed Nevada law.

Democratic Sen. Mo Denis is sponsoring SB 354 and presented the bill Thursday to the Senate Transportation Committee.

The bill would allow motorized wheelchairs to enter bike lanes if a sidewalk isn't available or passable by wheelchair. Wheelchair users would be required to yield the right-of-way to bikers.

The proposal also adds motorized wheelchairs to current law affecting vehicles and bicycles on the road, including the state's required three foot law between bikers and drivers.

Supporters said the bill would help wheelchair users get around quickly and that areas without sidewalks are often difficult to navigate.

The committee took no action on the bill.

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