Two bills passed by this year's Legislature will give increased protection when they go into effect Oct. 1 to cyclists and pedestrians.
The first - known as the "three feet, please" law - will require motorists to give cyclists at lease three feet distance when passing.
The other increases punishments to motorists who strike pedestrians or cyclists who are traveling legally.
Kelly Clark, from Carson City's Muscled Powered, joined representatives from other bicycle-advocate groups throughout the state to lobby for the changes.
"We're happy to see the changes," she said. "We're very happy the Legislature was supportive. The great need …