Yes, drivers must give bicyclists 4 ft. of space, but there’s more to PA’s “Safe Passing Law”
PedalPGH is this Sunday our city will see more than 3,000 thousand bike riders on its roads: having outrageous fun, seeing spectacular views, and negotiating its lovely terrain. If you will be driving this weekend, take a second to review Pennsylvania’s Safe Passing Law which outlines how it is that we can pass bicyclists safely and legally.
Pennsylvania’s Safe Passing Law (HB 170) provides the following protections:
- Every car that passes a bike must give a minimum of 4-feet of clearance at a “prudent reduced speed.”
- It is legal to cross the center double yellow line if necessary to provide the
required four feet when passing a bicycle, if you judge that it is safe to do so.
- 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.
- Unless making a left turn, 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.
For the text of the “Safe Passing Law”, view the PA Vehicle Code, Title 75.
Now if you’re riding this weekend, prep by tuning up your bike with an ABC Quick Check and review the laws and considerations of safe biking.
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