Putting the PA in safe passing
In general, safe passing laws raise awareness among drivers that they need to 1. expect bicyclists on the road, 2. respect bicyclists’ space on the road, and 3. provide cyclists plenty of space when passing. In the event of a crash, the law gives law enforcement a clear charge: if there was contact, the driver did not provide sufficient lateral distance.
- Every car that passes a bike must give a minimum of 4-feet of clearance
- It will be against the law for a motor vehicle driver to pass a bicyclist and then veer sharply in front of forcing you to jam on your brakes to avoid injury
- It will be legal to ride a bike on the public road at less than the minimum speed
- It will be legal for a driver to pass a bicyclist when it is safe to do so by crossing over a double line