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

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Image: MGN Online)

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.