New safe passing bill for bicyclists/pedestrians in Washington

Like Missouri, Washington state passed a safe passing bill for bicyclists this year.

Washington's bill includes a provision similar to Missouri's, requiring motorists to pass bicyclists at a safe distance. Washington's bill also adds a second provision, which prohibits motorists on two-lane roads from passing other vehicles when bicyclists or pedestrians are oncoming.

The bill was prompted by an incident in which one car passing another collided with and killed a bicyclist.

Full text of the new Washington bill is here.

Full text of Missouri's bicycle-related traffic laws (including the new safe passing provision and other new provisions) is here.