PA becomes yet another state to pass a safe passing law to protect people on bikes
It’s true, the safe passing law is now in effect.
HB 170 amends PA’s motor vehicle code to provide the following protections:
- Every car that passes a bike must give a minimum of 4-feet of clearance at a “prudent reduced speed”
- No turn by a motorist may interfere with a bicycle proceeding straight (the classic right hook)
- Bicycles may be operated at a safe and reasonable speed appropriate for bicycles
- Bicycles must be operated in the right hand lane, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of roadway.
- This does not apply to a bicycle using any portion of the road due to unsafe surface conditions.
It’s garnered a good amount of media attention. Here’s some of the highlights.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives a good rundown of the law in their article, New law in effect to protect bicyclists, including an, ahem, lively comments section.
- WTAE’s coverage includes a video as well as some bonus footage of a foot’s view of riding downtown
- KDKA covers the story, with video, in their piece, New Bicycle Law Aims To Make Roadways Safer
- You can find some real comment gems in the Washington Observer-Reporter’s article, New state law aims to protect bicyclists
- The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s article has a “New law sets distance for vehicles passing bicycles Read more: New law sets distance for vehicles passing bicycles“
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