Model Safe Passing Law

Safe passing laws require vehicles to pass each other at a safe distance. In most states, legislatures have recognizes that "safe distance" requires further definition, particularly for motor vehicles passing people on bicycles. The majority of states that have chosen to define a "safe distance" between a passing motor vehicle and a person on a bicycle have chosen 3 feet as an acceptable passing distance.

The League's model law recognizes that the 3 foot standard, while useful, can be improved. It is our hope that the model law will make it easier for safe passing laws to be enforced by law enforcement and will more clearly communicate proper behavior to motor vehicle drivers. If you have questions about the model law, similar laws, or how to advocate for this type of law please contact Ken at