Enact state-wide three foot passing law for bicycles
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Enact state-wide three foot passing law for bicycles

    1. Petition by

      Ohio Bicycle Federation

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, Cincinnati and Toledo have already adopted three foot passing laws.

We also ask that the definition of bicycle be simplified and clarified as to the number of wheels (two or more).

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.

Recent signatures


    1. HB 145 retains 3' passing provision

      Representative Henne was considering removing the 3' passing law from HB 145, but due to media attention and support from constituents, the bill will remain as initially introduced. Please contact members of the House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee to ask them to pass HB 145. Thanks for your continued support!

    2. House Bill 145 in Transportation Committee

      House Bill 145 has been assigned to the House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. Proponent testimony has already been given by Ohio Bicycle Federation and other advocacy groups. There was no opponent testimony. We are working with members of the committee to ensure we have the support to pass out of committee.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. New bicycle definition effective July 1

      The revised bicycle definition was included in Ohio HB35 which was signed into law by Governor Kasich on Monday, April 1. It will be effective on July 1 so that all bicycles of 2 or more wheels will be lawfully permitted to use Ohio roads.

      Representatives Michael Henne and Connie Pillich will be sponsoring a separate bill to include the 3' passing law and the malfunctioning signal law. Here is a link to the bill to be introduced:
      and here is the letter which Reps. Henne and Pillich sent to their colleagues to ask them to cosponsor the bill:
      We are very grateful to our lawmakers for supporting our efforts to improve the laws to accommodate cyclists. Please contact your own representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the upcoming 3' passing bill (by Friday, April 12).

      And thank you, Ohio cyclists!

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Amendment only to include bicycle definition

      Unfortunately, only the change to the bicycle definition (two or more wheels) will be included in HB 35. Senator Bacon was unable to find enough support for the amendment to the transportation budget bill. But we will continue to work to find a sponsor for a separate bill to include the 3' passing and malfunctioning signal laws.

    7. Possible amendment to HB 35

      We heard from Senator Kevin Bacon that he will sponsor an amendment to HB 35 to add the 3' passing law to Ohio Revised Code. We'll keep you posted on the progress.

    8. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Bruemmer CINCINNATI, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      I am not a cyclist, but I have several friends who are and I hear all the time of the dangers they experience on the roads.

    • Dennis Cummings COLUMBUS, OH
      • 3 months ago

      I am a long time cyclist who has know at least 3 people who have been killed by a motor vehicle while riding.

    • Karen Garrett XENIA, OH
      • 3 months ago

      I ride a bike and the streets are getting more challenging daily with the hustle and bustle and then there is texting and cell phones. I believe letting people know there is a 3' law for bicycles that we will be more recognized as legal vehicles of the roadways.

    • Bryan Bullis PARMA HEIGHTS, OH
      • 4 months ago

      I am a road cyclist.

    • Kent Fultz LIMA, OH
      • 4 months ago

      Saftey saftey saftey


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