PA 4-Foot Passing Law In Effect
As of April 2nd Pennsylvania joins a list of 19 states that now have a legally defined distance that must be given to cyclists when passing. While the 4-foot passing law likely will have very little if any effect on driver behavior, if the DA cares to use it when accidents or vehicular assaults do occur it is another tool to force some accountability on auto drivers.
Before now, “Pennsylvania lacked any sort of law or tool by which drivers or law enforcement officials could actually figure out how they’re supposed to operate,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization that promotes cycling. The law “gives drivers a little bit more literal explanation of what they should be doing. It’s codifying what good drivers already do: slow down and wait for a time when you can pass with care.”
Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.