Kentucky Senate Passes 3-Feet Bicycle Safety Rule

February 11, 2016

Drivers overtaking bicyclists on Kentucky roads would have to leave at least 3 feet between their vehicle and the bicycle under a bill that cleared the state Senate.

The Kentucky Senate voted 33-4 to approve a bill that governs how drivers are to pass bicyclists. The bill also gives drivers permission to cross over onto the left side of the road to avoid a bicyclist, even if it is a no passing zone. The bill says the driver must first check to see that the left lane is not obstructed.

Four senators voted against the bill. Republican Sen. Paul Hornback of Shelbyville said it would encourage people to ride bicycles on state highways, which could cause accidents.

Bill sponsor Democratic state Sen. Robin Webb of Grayson said the bill would heighten awareness of bicyclists.

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  • February 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm
    Todd Fuhrman says:
    Unfortunately common sense does not equally common practice. Try riding a bike to work for a month in state without a 3ft rule. There is a small percentage of drivers who do n... read more
  • February 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm
    Todd Fuhrman says:
    Unfortunately drivers are not giving cyclist a safe passing distance. In some areas there is a confrontational environment brewing between cyclist and drivers. There are a sma... read more
  • February 12, 2016 at 9:06 am
    mikey says:
    What a waste of time bill. Aren't people just already doing this? It is common sense to give bikers space when passing. Also, who was just sitting behind a biker for miles ... read more
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