Denver When Greg Brophy heads out on a bike ride this morning - a nearly daily ritual for the state senator from Wray - he will take with him something extra.
Because of a bill Brophy championed at the legislature, cyclists starting today will have greater legal protections on the road to keep them safe.
Motorists, for instance, must give cyclists a 3-foot berth when passing, and the law makes it legal for drivers to cross a double yellow line - when safe - to pass cyclists.
Cyclists also will be able to ride closer to the center of the road when riding on the shoulder is too dangerous and ride two abreast when there is no traffic behind them.
"We just made the safest thing to do legal," Brophy, a Republican, said.
The cycling law is one of 151 new laws passed during this year's legislative session that go into effect today.
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