The local news media are reporting that the test to get a driver's license will soon have additional questions about sharing the road with bicyclists. (There aren't any new laws, and the information has been available in the Idaho Driver's Handbook (starting on page 74), but having it on the test will certainly contribute to awareness of the situation, and cyclist rights.)
ITD spokesman Steve Grant acknowledges that the crash involving 5-year-old Max Wyatt was a motivating factor... that "this tragedy kind of opened the discussion."
I believe it went like this:
Following the crash, our #1 advocate and activist, Jimmy Hallyburton (AKA "Mister Boise Bicycle Project") requested a meeting with Governor Butch Otter. The rest is history.
I've got to admit, I was pretty skeptical that anything could possibly come from Jimmy's meeting with Butch. I figured Butch would pretend to listen to him for 10 minutes, reply "I feel your pain," and roll his eyes when it was all over. (It's hard for people who don't ride bikes-as-transportation to appreciate the issues... just like most of us can't fully understand being a "minority race" citizen.)
NEVER underestimate the power of well-informed and passionate advocacy! Especially if you demonstrate that you're not just a wild-eyed fanatic. My hat is off to Jimmy Hallyburton! (I'm sure Jimmy gets even more satisfaction from having distributed, with his organization, 387 refurbished Christmas bikes! The mind boggles! Fantastic!)