3′ Passing & other new laws

HB 101, the “Better Bicycling Bill,” was enacted on July 1, 2011.

Click here for the the full version of the bill to see all of the changes it implements. Major updates & additions from HB 101 include:

  • Motor vehicles must provide at least three feet of safe passing distance when overtaking a bicyclist
  • Cyclists may move to the center of the lane, i.e. take the lane, when surface obstructions, hazards or debris make traveling to the right unsafe
  • Cyclists must travel in the direction of traffic while using a designated bicycle lane*
  • Bicyclists have the right of way in a designated bicycle lane
  • Designated bicycle lanes must be built according to recognized national design standards

* While the new law only specifies that cyclists in bike lanes must travel in the same direction as traffic, bicycles, as vehicles, must abide by all normal vehicular laws. Wrong way travel in any traffic lane is unlawful and unsafe.