Spot the new sign about NJ’s 4-foot passing law around town

“Pass with care, 4 feet to spare” is a catchphrase from the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition to help us all be safer drivers.

Also termed the “4-foot Rule”, New Jersey’s Safe Passing Law protects bicyclists, walkers, runners, and other non-motorized people on the road. In essence, we drivers need to give those vulnerable road users four feet of space before passing. Think of it as moving over half a lane.

If it’s not safe for us to move over, then we must wait behind and go 25 mph or less until it’s safe for us to pass.

Since the law was enacted two years ago, the WWBPA has worked hard to spread the word. You might have seen us at the Wet Windsor Farmers Market with a pool noodle strapped to bicycle handlebars to indicate four feet of clearance. The WWBPA has also distributed postcards, bookmarks and car magnets at our community events, the library, and in membership thank-you letters. When children stop at our table, we often quiz their parents about the law

Now the WWBPA has bought a 6-foot-by-2½-foot banner to further alert drivers to the new law. Thanks to the support of Mayor Marathe, the Police, Recreation, and Land Use departments, the banner will be rotated to various locations around the township. The WWBPA appreciates the help Public Works personnel have supplied to hang the banner, which is currently along Princeton Hightstown Road (County Road 571) at Community Park.


Comments are closed.



Tag Cloud

bicycle bicycle commuting bicycle safety Bicycle Tourism bicycling Bike/Ped Path Bike Commuting bike lanes bike path bike racks bike ride bike safety biking Community Bike Ride Complete Streets crosswalk D&R Canal Downtown Princeton Junction East Coast Greenway Historic Bike Trail League of American Bicyclists Learn to BIke Livable Communities Main Street Mercer County mercer county bike commuting Mercer County Park multi-use trails National Bike Month pedestrian pedestrian safety Plainsboro Princeton Princeton Junction train station Ride of Silence Route 571 Safe Routes to School safety sidewalks Smart Transportation speed limits traffic Trolley Line Trail walking West Windsor