New law gives bikes three feet on roads

Awareness that bicyclists belong on Ohio roads got a major boost when legislators passed in December House Bill 154, which requires motorists to give people on bikes three feet of clearance when passing.

Effective March 21, the legislation passed as a result of the Ohio Bicycle Federation and other advocates lobbying to the General Assembly for three years. Ohio becomes the 40th state to enact some sort of safe-passing law, and the 28th to mandate a specific distance between the cyclist and passing motorist.


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