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Keep your distance! Ohio House Bill 145

by Ruth Kaser for NE Ohio Tidbits for Cyclers

Ohio would not be the first state to pass the requirement:when a motor vehicle or trackless trolley overtakes and passes a bicycle, the safe passing distance to the left shall be not less than three feet. If passed we would be the 23rd state.

House Bill 145 is sponsored by State Representative Mike Henne, and supported by the Ohio Bicycle Federation.   House Bill 145 would do two good things for Ohio’s cyclists:

  • Require that motorists leave a safe passing distance of at least three feet when passing Ohio cyclists. 
  • Permit all Ohio vehicles to proceed after stopping and yielding right-of-way when not detected by the device meant to move the traffic light from red to green.  

This bill was approved by the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by a 7–2 vote. House Bill 145 is now facing a possible vote next month on the floor of the Ohio House. 

You may read the entire House Bill 145 at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_145.

The League of American Bicyclists has an Action Alert regarding this bill on their website. If you go to the link you are able to complete the information form and send an email of support for the bill to your state representative: http://bikeleague.org/TakeAction?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f36268%2frespond

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