Ala. Senators: Leave 5 feet of space when passing cyclists

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Some Alabama lawmakers are telling motorists to make sure they share the road with cyclists.  The Alabama Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to require that motorists leave five feet of space when passing a bicycle.

Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa said he has seen cyclists run off the road by cars who do not understand that cyclists have a right to travel alongside vehicles.

Allen originally sought to require only three feet of space, but senators increased the space requirement.  Allen said offenders could be ticketed.

Senators approved the bill in a 16-11 vote. The proposal now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.