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Bicycle-safety bill coasts through Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state Senate passed a bill clarifying how motorists interact with bicyclists by a 36-0 vote yesterday.

The legislation, known as House Bill 33, would require drivers to keep vehicles at least three feet away from bicyclists during an attempt to pass. If that much space isn’t available, HB 33 states that the drivers must us “reasonable caution” when passing cyclists. Another provision allows a driver to cross a yellow line to pass as long as the coast is clear.

An amendment would prohibit cyclists from riding more than two abreast in a highway lane unless the roadway is marked for bicycle use.

When Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Prospect, presented the HB 33, he said the Senate had passed similar legislation during the prior two sessions that didn’t become law.

HB 33 now goes back now goes back to the House for consideration of the Senate change.

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