Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 12, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Paris-Camembert; The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead; Scarponi to replace Aru in Giro after knee injury worse than initially believed; Alaphilippe out of Ardennes Classics with injury; Wout Poels out of Ardennes with knee injury; BMC closes out Belgian Classics without Van Avermaet; Quinziato announces retirement at end of 2017; Sunweb regaining riders injured in early season; Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill; Researchers study why cyclists break road rules; Video: The bike is just a detail; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; Video: Tour de Yorkshire promo.

Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill

by CyclingTips

A proposed $25 per out-of-state bicycle fee that was included as an amendment in a bill making its way through the Montana legislature was removed as it left committee on Friday. The amendment to the bill, which is aimed at protecting the state’s waterways from invasive species, was proposed by Senator Scott Sales (R-Bozeman) following debate on a different bill where he called cyclists “self-centered” and “rude” regarding the way they share the roads with vehicles.

The subsequent media and social media attention to the amendment, which some believed was not meant by Sen. Sales to be serious, increased when the Senate passed the bill with the amendment by one vote and sent it to the House for debate.

Senator Chas Vincent (R-Libby) told the Helena Independent Record that the messages Sales received from irate cyclists were some of the “most ugly and nasty” he had ever heard.

Ironically, the Adventure Cycling Association, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes travel by bicycle, is headquartered in Missoula, Montana, and helped lead the charge against the proposed fee.

The House committee hearing the bill removed it by executive action before voting.

Click through to read more at the Helena Independent Record.