It is an exciting time for cyclists in Utah! We have made huge steps forward and have even received recognition for our progress in safety and accessibility. In fact, in 2015 the League of American Bicyclists named Utah the 5th most bicycle friendly state in the nation. That being said, it is our job to understand the laws. No matter how bicycle friendly Utah is, that doesn’t get rid of the risks. We can make a significant difference on the road when we know and follow the laws that are already in place for our safety.
Utah has made a great effort to implement effective and protective laws for cyclists. For a comprehensive list, visit bikeutah.org. We at Utah Bicycle Lawyers, are also constantly advocating for more in-depth laws that protect both you and motorists on the road. The goal is not just to create bike friendly streets, but to create a better state. Here are a few of the existing laws, and some exciting future plans:
The 3 Foot Rule
Cars are faster than bikes, that is just a fact. Because bikes and cars are legally allowed to share the road, there are many times in which a car must pass a cyclist on the road. However, there are laws that dictate how this should be done.
- If passing a cyclist there needs to be three feet to the side of the cyclist to pass safely.
- A new law states that a motorist may cross the center lines in order to give a cyclist three feet.
- A motorist cannot pass a cyclist within one hundred feet of an intersection.
This is just one of many of the Utah bicycle laws. A recent federal law requires states to create plans and determine how they can increase transportation safety. Therefore, Utah will be required to report back to the federal government on laws that make it safer and easier for cyclists to travel.
Utah is continuing to implement new programs and laws that allow you to travel safely. It suggest adopting a Complete Streets policy, aimed at making Utah’s streets safe and usable for all forms of transportation. While this is not a law, it’s a program that will transform Utah streets, making them safer for you and your family. It could include:
- Clearly marked bike and bus lanes
- More frequent and safe cross-walks
- Improved sidewalks and paved bike lanes
The Complete Streets program is looking at implementing these changes over a 25 year period. Along with 1,600 miles of new bike lanes, Utah also hopes to have an extended bike trail from Provo to Ogden. This gives you a safe place to ride your bike. It is an exciting time to be a cyclist here in Utah!
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact us today. We are experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys and we want you to receive the compensation you deserve. Ride safe and we will see you on the road.