Bill Proposes Mass. Drivers Give Cyclists 3 Feet Of Space

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Massachusetts lawmaker is proposing a measure that in slow-speed environments, drivers would have to give bicycles at least three feet of space on the roads.

State Sen. William Brownsberger introduced the bill, titled An Act To Reduce Traffic Fatalities, earlier this year.

The bill would require drivers "passing a vulnerable user" at 30 mph or below to give them three feet of space—with an extra foot added for every additional 10 mph.

In addition to cyclists, drivers would also have to follow the spacing rule when passing pedestrians, road workers, horses and horse-drawn carriages, people on scooters or in wheelchairs, farm vehicles, and more.

The bill would also set the speed limit on state highways and parkways in "thickly settled" areas to 25, and require state-contracted vehicles to have safety guards on their sides and wide angle mirrors.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

 

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