HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

191

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to bicycles.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 291C-43, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]291C-43[]] Overtaking a vehicle or bicycle on the left. The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles or bicycles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions, and special rules hereinafter stated:

(1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

(2) The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction shall allow at least a three-foot separation between the right side of the driver's vehicle, including all mirrors or other protuberances, and the left side of the bicyclist, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.

[(2)] (3) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of the driver's vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle."

SECTION 2. Section 291C-47, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"291C-47 No-passing zones. (a) The director of transportation is authorized to and the counties by ordinance with respect to highways under their respective jurisdictions may establish no-passing zones where overtaking and passing or driving to the left of the roadway would be especially hazardous and shall by appropriate signs or markings on the highway establish or indicate the beginning and the end of a no-passing zone and may place intermediate signs establishing or indicating the continued existence of a no-passing zone. Signs or markings placed by the director of transportation establishing the zone and signs or markings indicating the zone established by ordinance shall be clearly visible to an ordinarily observant person and every driver of a vehicle shall obey the directions thereof.

(b) Where signs or markings are in place to define a no-passing zone as set forth in subsection (a) no driver shall at any time drive on the left side of the roadway within such no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark such no-passing zone throughout its length.

(c) This section does not apply to the driver of a vehicle passing a bicyclist moving in the same direction and in the same lane when such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with, impeding, or endangering other traffic lawfully using the highway. This subsection does not authorize driving to the left side of the center of roadway when prohibited under section 291C-45 or section 291C-46.

[(c)] (d) This section does not apply under the conditions described in section 291C-41(a)(2), nor to the driver of a vehicle turning left into or from an alley, private road, or driveway."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Bicycle; Overtaking

 

Description:

Requires the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction to allow at least a three-foot separation between the right side of the driver's vehicle and the left side of the bicyclist. Allows for passing of a bicyclist in a no pass zone.

 

 

 

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