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Despite law, crashes claim 3 bicyclist's lives in recent months

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 18:12:22-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In 2011, Nevada passed the Vulnerable User Law, which requires at least 3 feet of clearance between a bicycle and a motor vehicle.

As of 2020, 33 states have the same or similar law and some states like Pennsylvania have a 4-feet passing law.

In 8 states, there are general laws that say a motorist must pass at a “safe distance.”

Pennsylvania requires 4 feet when passing.

There have been at least 3 fatalities involving bicyclists in the Las Vegas area in recent months despite the law.

NOV 9: Bicyclist killed in crash near Paradise Road, Sahara Avenue

OCT. 26: Las Vegas police: Passenger intentionally hits bicyclist from moving minivan, both die

SEPT. 14: Intersection reopens after suspected DUI crash involving bicycle, vehicle

Here is more information about the law.

LOCAL RESOURCES ABOUT BICYCLING SAFETY

NDOT bicycling safety information
Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition
Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club