Enact a 3' Safe Passing Law to Protect New York State Bicyclists Now

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New York State leads the nation for bicycle and pedestrian crashes. While NYBC has expanded Safe Cycling education and other efforts with partners around the state, there is one thing our state can do to make bicycling safer - enacting a 3' Safe Passing Distance law. 

The current Vehicle & Traffic statutes DO NOT explicitly state a motorist must provide at least 3' of space between the vehicle and the bicyclist being overtaken - only that they must pass "carefully" (VTL 1122). As a bicyclist, what is safe for you is often not what feels safe to someone inside a motor vehicle! 

3' Safe Passing Distance means

... Clear messaging about how to pass a bicyclist on the road

... A basis for high-visibility education to drivers about sharing the road with bicyclists

... A means for enforcement of unsafe passing by drivers of motor vehicles

... A public policy response to the most common reason for the death of a person on a bicycle that can become effective statewide in a short period of time

Earlier this year, NYBC conducted a survey of the New York State bicycling community. The majority of respondents indicated that 3’ Safe Passing is their top legislative priority. 3’ Safe Passing is now the standard in 27 states. This law establishes that motorists must give bicyclists three feet of space between the bicycle and a vehicle on the road.

Sign our petition today to ask Assemblyman David Gantt, Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation, and Senators Phil Steck and Thomas O'Mara to allow a vote on the bill during the upcoming 2018 legislative session. 



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