Ohio Motorists Must Allow At Least Three Feet When Passing Bicycle Riders

On March 21, 2017, Ohio’s Three Foot Passing Law goes into effect! The law found in Section 4511.27(A)(1) states that “When a motor vehicle or trackless trolley overtakes and passes a bicycle, three feet or greater is considered a safe passing distance.” The Ohio Legislature deserves a big “Thank You” from all of us who ride bicycles. Now we need to educate the driving public about the law so that the three foot passing distance becomes the practice on Ohio’s roads and not just another law in the Ohio Revised Code. Organizations like Bike Cleveland are spreading the word. Hopefully, each of us, whether through cycling advocacy groups, local bike shops, local government or friends and family, can do our part to get the word out and make Ohio a safer state for those who ride bikes.