Drivers passing bicyclists on Ohio roadways would need to leave at least three feet between the vehicle and bike, according to House Bill 154, which passed the Senate on a 30-1 vote Thursday. Getty images

Ohio drivers now required to leave more distance when passing bikes

Drivers passing bicyclists on Ohio roadways are now required by law to leave at least three feet between the vehicle and bike.

Current law just says drivers passing cyclists must leave a safe distance but it doesn’t define that. The Ohio House already passed the bill.

Some cities such as Dayton already had a 3-foot rule for passing bikes.

Dayton commissioners approved the legislation back in May.

Dayton wants to protect bicyclists

Ohio joins more than two dozen states that mandate a three-foot passing distance, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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