Houston Police Launch Enforcement & Information Campaign To Protect Bicyclists
Officers will use a device to make sure vehicles keep a minimum safe distance when they pass a cyclist.
“Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Friday afternoon a campaign to protect bicyclists from vehicles on the city’s streets.
It’s based on a law the City Council passed back in 2013 called the Safe Passing/Vulnerable Road User Ordinance. It requires that vehicles must be at least three feet away from bicyclists at all times. Also, passing trucks be at a minimum distance of six feet.
“We will be writing tickets,” Acevedo said. “And hopefully, get people to voluntarily comply with the law.”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the law by displaying electronic public safety messages and distributing brochures.
Additionally, HPD officers will now enforce the ordinance with a new C3FT device that measures the distance at which a vehicle a passes a bicyclist.