From Heath Glenn, Vice President of the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club:
GREAT NEWS. We continue to make progress on the 3-foot passing legislation. This week we were assigned a House Bill number. HB2174. We are hopeful within the next couple weeks there will be hearings on this Bill in which the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club has requested to make a statement to the committee. Once this Bill makes it through committee and to the House floor we will be asking you to contact your respective Representatives.
Please pass this information along to anyone you know who rides a bicycle or even those who have kids or grandkids who ride. Remember it will take the support of all of us to make this a reality. Stay tuned for more information.
The bill was introduced on February 7th, and was referred to the Committee on Transportation on February 8th. The Kansas Legislature web site has additional information on HB2174, “Duty of motorists to maintain 3 foot distance when passing bicyclists”. Here is the full text of the bill:
HOUSE BILL No. 2174
By Committee on Transportation
AN ACT regulating traffic; concerning overtaking and passing; bicycles;
amending K.S.A. 8-1516 and repealing the existing section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 8-1516 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-
1516. The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of
vehicles and bicycles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those
limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:
(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in
the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall
not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the
(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted,
the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of
the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed
of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
(c) (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the
same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than
3 feet and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until
safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
(2) The driver of a vehicle may pass a bicycle proceeding in the
same direction in a no-passing zone with the duty to execute the pass only
when it is safe to do so.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 8-1516 is hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Section C-1 and C-2 is the new language that would be added to the existing 8-1516 statute.
According to BikingBis, there are currently 16 states that require a safe-passing distance of 3 feet (including out neighbors in Arkansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma), and more bills are moving forward around the country, including Missouri.
Image courtesy of Bicycle Colorado.
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