SAFE PASSING OF A BICYCLE                                                                       S.B. 1077:

                                                                                  SUMMARY OF INTRODUCED BILL

                                                                                                         IN COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 1077 (as introduced 9-8-16)

Sponsor:  Senator David Knezek

Committee:  Judiciary

 

Date Completed:  9-19-16

 


CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to require the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle to pass at a safe distance of at least five feet from the bicycle.

 

The Code establishes rules governing the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction. A violation is a civil infraction.

 

Under the bill, the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction would have to pass at a safe distance of at least five feet to the left of the bicycle and, when safely clear of the overtaken bicycle, would have to take up a position as near the right-hand edge of the main traveled portion of the highway as practicable.

 

The bill would take effect 90 days after enactment.

 

MCL 257.636                                                           Legislative Analyst:  Patrick Affholter

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The bill would have no fiscal impact on the State and could have a small positive impact on local governments. Any increase in revenue from civil infractions would be dedicated to public libraries.

 

                                                                                       Fiscal Analyst:  Ryan Bergan

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.