Pa. Senate approves law requiring more space for passing bikes

    Nothing like the feel of a car’s exhaust as it brushes past your bicycle.

    It’s a feeling most cyclists would like to avoid, which is why they’re hoping Pennsylvania enacts the “safe passing law.”

    Rep. Rob Miller, R-York, sponsored the bill, which passed the state House last year and went to the Senate Jan. 20.

    Update, Jan. 25 The Senate passed the measure 45-5, sending the bill to Gov. Tom Corbett for consideration.

    The main provision would require drivers to leave a minimum of four feet of space when passing a bike, allowing drivers to even cross the double yellow line in the road (when safe) to do so. Drivers making right turns also must yield to cyclists.

    Nineteen other states have safe passing laws.

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