Enact state-wide three foot passing law for bicycles
We propose that the traffic laws be amended to improve safety for cyclists on Ohio roadways. In particular, we propose that the passing law include the provision that when overtaking a bicycle, the safe passing distance shall be not less than three feet.
The reasons for this change are:
· Cyclists require four feet of operating space on the roadway for safety.
· Cyclists riding on the right side of the travel lane may need to move further left unexpectedly when they encounter potholes, debris, drain grates, metal plates, or other obstacles in their path. Motorists need to provide additional lateral passing distance in the event that a cyclist needs to avoid obstacles in their path.
· Cyclists (in particular young or less experienced cyclists) may lose control when passed too closely. Larger vehicles at higher speeds may generate a wind gust which causes cyclists to lose control.
· The cities of Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo have already adopted three foot passing laws.
And we propose that the definition of a malfunctioning signal include those which fail to detect a bicycle, so that a cyclist may cautiously and lawfully treat the signal as a stop sign.
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