Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Pennsylvania Bicycle Safety Act

Pennsylvania House Bill 170 was signed into law on February 2, 2012 by Governor Tom Corbett. This bill was designed to amend Title 75 (Vehicles) in order to improve the safety of bicyclists traveling on Pennsylvania roads. Specifically, House Bill 170 establishes new criteria and rules for sharing the road with bicyclists.

The specific details of how House Bill 170 changed the rules include:

• Bicycles must be operated in the right hand lane, or as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway.

• This does not apply to a bicycle using any portion of the road due to unsafe surface conditions.

• Motorists must overtake a bicycle with no less than four feet between the vehicle and the bicycle and must do so at a prudent speed.

• No turn by a motorist may interfere with a bicycle proceeding straight.

• Bicycles must be operated at a safe and reasonable speed.

Pennsylvania drivers and bicyclists should be aware of and adhere to these changes in order to safely share the roads. Though many of these amendments are not radical changes from what is already taught, they are designed to make bicycle travel safer and reduce the risk of traffic collisions.

Riding a bicycle is more than a fun and healthy family activity. Besides being a great way to exercise many people also use bicycles to commute to work, go to the grocery store, or to visit friends.

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