3-Feet Safe Passing Distance Becomes Law on March 21, 2017

After many years of hard work by the Ohio Bicycle Federation, and the support of the bicycle community across the state, the 3-foot law will go into effect on March 21, 2017.  Here is the important part of ORC 4511.27:

The operator of a vehicle or trackless trolley overtaking another vehicle or trackless trolley proceeding in the same direction shall, except as provided in division (A)(3) of this section, signal to the vehicle or trackless trolley to be overtaken, shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle or trackless trolley. When a motor vehicle or trackless trolley overtakes and passes a bicycle, three feet or greater is considered a safe passing distance.

Motorist are encouraged to change lanes to pass cyclists, providing ample clearance when passing. Cyclist are permitted to use the full travel lane for their safety when certain conditions exist, see ORC 4511.55 "Operating bicycles and motorcycles on roadway".

Special thanks to joint-sponsors Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Representative Michael Henne (R-Clayton) for their tremendous efforts to move HB 154 through the House and Senate for passage and ultimate approval by Governor John Kasich, who signed the bill into law on December 19, 2016.  We would be remiss without mentioning the hard work by OBF Chair Chuck Smith, who worked in front and behind the scenes at the statehouse in Columbus for many years to make this a reality!  Lastly, thanks to the Ohio cycling community that worked together in support of this bill! 

Help spread the word about the new law!  Let us know if you would like one of the oval 3-foot stickers for the back of your other vehicle (car).  Coming Soon!

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