STAND. COM. REP. NO.814-02
RE: S.B. No. 3060
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred S.B. No. 3060, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to improve bicycle safety by providing bicycle safety education classes for fourth grade students in Hawaii.
A number of concerned citizens testified in support of this measure. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Education testified in support of the intent of this measure.
Thousands of children throughout Hawaii ride bicycles for pleasure and transportation. Unfortunately many children receive bicycle-related injuries, many of which are preventable. Your Committee feels that through proper bicycle education courses that teach students how to handle a bicycle and avoid potential dangers on roadways, these injuries can be prevented or mitigated.
Your Committee would like to note that this measure is necessary for DOT to receive federal matching funds to administer statewide children's bicycle education courses. No state funds will be expended under this bill as your Committee was informed that the counties have provided both written and oral confirmation of their willingness to provide local matching funds to provide these bicycle safety education classes.
Moreover, your Committee discussed whether the legislative intent of this measure would allow the bicycle education classes to be offered outside of the regular school day if the school chose to do so. Further discussion on this issue is warranted.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date from July 1, 2002, to July 1, 2025, to facilitate further discussion. Technical, nonsubstantive amendments were also made for clarity and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3060, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3060, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Education.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair