“Safe Passage” for Vulnerable Road Users

The City of Denton in Texas approved a traffic safety ordinance to assert the rights of the road for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Reporter Itir Sonuparlak writes:

"The City of Denton in Texas approved a traffic safety ordinance to assert the rights of the road for cyclists and other vulnerable road users. The "Vulnerable Road Users" or "Safe Passage" ordinance requires cars and light trucks to allow a safe passing distance of three feet, and requires commercial vehicles to allow a distance of six feet to vulnerable road occupants. The ordinance also requires vulnerable road users to remain as close to the side of the road as possible and stipulates that vehicles yield the right-of-way to vulnerable road users in all circumstances."

Here's more from the ordinance:

"An operator of a motor vehicle passing a vulnerable road user operating on a highway or street shall: (1) move to the left lane if the highway has two or more marked lanes running in the same direction; or (2) pass the vulnerable road user at a safe distance," the ordinance claims."

Thanks to Jeffrey Riecke

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"The ordinance also requires

"The ordinance also requires vulnerable road users to remain as close to the side of the road as possible"

Not so. The language of the ordinance says "as near as practicable", which is the usual language for these discriminatory bike-only laws.

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