City of Portage Implements 5-Foot Passing Rule
Portage has become the latest city in West Michigan to implement a minimum passing distance for cars going around bicyclists.
MLive reports that the Portage City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to require at least 5 feet of space when a car passes a bicyclist, and as well, they passed a resolution to promote bicycle safety throughout the city.
The recent passages by Portage, and previously Kalamazoo, were spurred on by a fatal crash in June, where a truck killed 5 cyclists in Cooper Township. Two cyclists were injured in Alamo township in a similar crash, just last week.
A 5-foot passing law was recently passed by the Michigan Senate, and is currently being considered by the House.