Tuesday night on 9/12/17 Dearborn City Council introduced to the public the first reading of a proposed 5ft Passing Ordinance to help bicyclists be safer on our roads. It is our ultimate goal that the League of Michigan Bicyclists continue to lobby for this to become a statewide law, but in the mean time many cities are taking it upon themselves to pass ordinances within their own municipalities. We have to wait until the second reading and an official vote by council to have this passed as a city ordinance, but we are optimistic by the comments made by 4 of the 7 council members during the first reading.
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ORDINANCE NO. 17 -
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TRAFFIC AND MOTOR VEHICLES CHAPTER (CHAPTER 18) OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF DEARBORN BY ADDING SEC. 18-322 TO ARTICLE II, DIVISION 7, ENTITLED "MINIMUM DISTANCE WHEN OVERTAKING OR PASSING A BICYCLE; PENALTY."
THE CITY OF DEARBORN ORDAINS TO:
Amend Chapter 18 of the Code of the City of Dearborn by adding Sec. 18-322 to read as follows:
TRAFFIC AND MOTOR VEHICLES
ARTICLE II. TRAFFIC CODE
Division 7. Meeting; Overtaking; Passing; Right of Way; Marked Lanes
Sec. 18-322 Minimum distance when overtaking or passing a bicycle; penalty.
(a) When overtaking or passing a person operating a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, the driver of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care and may only overtake or pass a bicyclist when there is a safe distance, which shall minimally require allowing the bicyclist at least five (5) feet separation between the right side of the driver's vehicle, including all mirrors or other projections, and the left side of the bicyclist at all times.
(b) A person who violates this rule is responsible for a civil infraction.
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