The 3-Foot law

 

Big news today for cycling safety in the state of Kansas! The 3 foot passing law is now officially in effect.

Here’s part of the statute that pertains to the new law:

K.S.A. 8-1516 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-1516. The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles and bicycles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:

(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

(c) (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than three feet and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.

(2) The driver of a vehicle may pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction in a no-passing zone with the duty to execute the pass only when it is safe to do so.

(Read full text of bill)

If you aren’t a fan of all the legal mumbo jumbo, here’s what you can take away from it:

  • A vehicle can legally pass a bicycle on the left, given there is at least 3 feet  of space between the cyclist and the vehicle.
  • Vehicles can only legally pass on the left, and can’t move back to the right until clear of the cyclist.
  • Vehicles may pass bicycles in a no passing zone as long as it’s safe to do so.

Laws like this are a great step in the right direction in making Kansas more cycling friendly!