A law that requires motorists to leave a 4-foot “cushion of safety” when passing a bicyclist took effect at the beginning of this month. Also:
- Drivers attempting to turn left must also yield the right of way to bicycle riders traveling in the opposite direction.
- The new law also calls for bicycle riders to use all reasonable efforts to avoid impeding the normal flow of traffic.
- When there is only one travel lane, bicyclists may use any portion of the lane to avoid hazards on the roadway, including maintaining a safe distance from stopped and parked cars.
- Bicyclists and motorists should obey all traffic signs and signals.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recommends bicyclists always ride predictably and signal their intentions before proceeding so that motorists have a chance to react.
You will find a document of bicycle laws and safety tips for motorists in the pdf section of this article.