There is now an opportunity for you to take action to urge passage of a Pennsylvania safe passing law.
The lack of a safe passing bill is one reason Pennsylvania only rated 25th for bicycle friendliness by the League of American Bicyclists. PA's legislative grade was a C.
HB 170 will amend PA's motor vehicle code to provide the following protections:
- Every car that passes a bike must give a minimum of 4-feet of clearance
- It will be against the law for a motor vehicle driver to pass a bicyclist and then veer sharply in front of forcing you to jam on your brakes to avoid injury
- It will be legal to ride a bike on the public road at less than the minimum speed
- It will be legal for a driver to pass a bicyclist when it is safe to do so by crossing over a double line
It's now up to the Pennsylvania Senate to pass HB170 with no amendments. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, please send a letter today to your state senator and follow up with a phone call to their office. Take action to help make Pennsylvania's roads safer for bicycling.