New Bike Safety Laws On Books

New bike safety laws will take effect in Michigan in about three months. The measures were prompted by the bicycle tragedy in Kalamazoo in June 2016 when a man who was high on drugs plowed into a group of cyclists, killing five and injuring several others. The new laws call for drivers to give bicycles three-feet of space when passing. Senator Margaret O’Brien of Portage pushed for the changes and had initially wanted a five-foot passing distance.

“The three-foot passing distance was a compromise, we felt five-feet was safe,” says O’Brien. “But to get this across the finish line and to improve safety, we’re going to take the three-foot passing distance.”

Governor Snyder signed the new laws on Friday, and they take effect 90 days from then.