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Chris Waters: The Rebirth of Bicycling Law?

This article sketches the “law of wheelmen” as it developed in the late
19th century and suggests that, with the renaissance of cycling in North
America, it is time to renew focus on the legal issues of cyclists. A
comprehensive analysis of cycling’s legal needs across a range of
issues – from legislation to enforcement and infrastructure – is in order
and this article suggests an agenda for undertaking this analysis. For
health, environmental and cultural issues, cycling is growing and the
law and legal actors need to grapple with this means of active transit
in a way that has not been done since before the automobile era.

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