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Sheehy's bicycle safety bill passes Ohio House

Says bipartisan legislation will prevent fatal accidents, protect communities
May 24, 2016
Democrat Newsroom

State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 154, bipartisan legislation aimed at improving safety standards for cyclists in Ohio.

“This common-sense legislation will help motorists and cyclists stay safe while sharing the road,” said Sheehy. “Several states have already passed similar legislation, including Kentucky and Pennsylvania. As more and more Ohioans choose alternate modes of transportation, it is imperative that we modernize our laws to protect all Ohioans.”

Under HB 154, a motor vehicle must allow at least three feet of space when passing a cyclist on a road. In addition, the legislation allows cyclists at an intersection where the traffic control signal is malfunctioning to follow the same procedures that apply to an intersection directed by stop signs. 

HB 154, which was joint-sponsored with State Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton), passed the House today with broad bipartisan support. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.