I agree with permanent bans on cell-phone usage while driving, dogs sitting on driver's laps, GPS system viewing while in motion and all other distractions used by motorists in today's modern society. Distracted drivers exceeding speed limits and weaving around appear to be "ruling the road" for all of us: vehicle drivers and bicycle riders alike.
Does riding a bicycle keep the rider healthy and sane? Yes, if bicycle riders stay on sidewalk-like bike paths and off city streets. Otherwise, bicyclists place their very lives in the hands of inattentive motorists.
Here are a few recommendations for the committee:
1.) Because reflexes diminish with age, immediately restrict riders older than 65 from riding on busy streets;
2) Compel all adult bicycle riders to pay a registration fee and pass a licensing test about bicycle rules of the road;