Rick Snyder

Michigan Legislature approves 3-foot distance to pass bikes

Michigan drivers would have to allow 3 feet of clearance or a "safe distance" while passing a bicyclist on the road under bills that won final legislative approval Tuesday and that are expected to be signed into law.

The state Senate also passed a measure that would require teen drivers to learn about laws pertaining to cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users for one hour as part of their initial driver education course.

Michigan is among 11 states with no "safe passing" law.

The 3-foot distance requirement would be in line with many other states. Motorists in violation could face a traffic ticket.

Under the bills, motorists would have...