UPDATED: NJ Governor Murphy signed NJ’s safe pass bill into law on August 5th, 2021 joining 42 other states with similar laws on the books, this is welcome news! A big shout out to those who have worked so hard for many years to make this a reality including the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and TEAM4 the NJ Safe Passing Law. Nice work!
What is the law? The law is modeled on the ‘move over law’ already in place requiring drivers to move over for first responders. Specifically, it requires motorists to change lanes or move over to provide 4 feet of space to pedestrians and cyclists or slow to 25mph. Those who violate the law face monetary penalties ($100-$500) and points in situations resulting in physical injury.
When is it effective? 6 months after passage so effectively, February 5, 2022. Meaning – we have to start educating people about it. Tell you family, tell your friends, engage about it on social media, and generally spread the word!
Educate yourself starting with the following resources:
NJ.com article with links to the actual bill and details surrounding it requirements and passage.
NJ Bike and Walk Coalition article on the signing of the bill its requirements and details, and this additional article with information on who/what organizations can provide information on the bill as well as knowledgable contacts.
This is a great step forward for cycling and pedestrian safety out on the roads. Remember, when you are driving vs on your bike it applies to you as well and importantly, the definition of “pedestrian” is inclusive of others with legal rights to be on the road such as construction or utility workers.
Stay safe out there – Team Evesham