Philadelphia area roadways have just become much safer for bicyslists! A new law was recently passed that mandates Pennsylvania drivers to give at least four feet of distance when passing a bicyclist.
Although this law may seem common sensical, many bicycle accidents could have been prevented had this law already been in effect. This law is supported by bicyclist groups in Pennsylvania which was promoted by Pennsylvania Representative Miller. With this new law, Pennsylvania has become the 19th state in the United States to have such a law.
This new Pennsylvania law also benefits drivers, as the law dicates that bicyclists must “use reasonable efforts so as not to impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic, and stay in the far right side when not traveling at the prevailing speed.” This will certainly make drivers feel more secure sharing the roads with bicyclists and avoiding the need for bicycle accident lawyers.
The law also clarifies the motor vehicle code to state that a driver must not cut off a bicyclist who is making a right turn. Rep. Miller told the York Dispatch that “Bicyclists have a right to be on the road. It acts as a reminder more than anything else.”
As us Philadelphians are well aware, the city has designated certain city streets with bike lanes. This, coupled with the new law, should result in less Pennsylvania bicycle versus car accidents in the future.
Indeed, we should all feel more secure on the road, and perhaps eager to ride for work and/or exercise.