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House bill would require motorists to give wide berth to bikes

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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists.

Five bicyclists were killed and four injured when a truck plowed into the group. That same year, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says 38 bicyclists died in crashes.

State Representative Holly Hughes.

“Well, we’ve had a lot of bike accidents, and we want to make sure people are safe on the road.”

But Hughes says it’s been difficult to get an agreement on exactly how much distance vehicles should keep from bikes. She says 39 states have a variety of standards.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.