The Michigan lawmakers are responding to a traffic crash that killed five bicyclists near Kalamazoo with the approval of legislation governing how drivers should pass cyclists on the road and requiring bike and motorcycle safety instruction in driver education classes.
A bill passed 34-2 by the Senate Thursday would require drivers overtaking a bicycle to pass at least 5 feet to the left. They could pass a bicycle in a no-passing zone if it's safe.
Another bill approved unanimously would require at least three hours of instruction pertaining to bicycles and motorcycles in driver education classes.
The bills head to the House next.
In June, five cyclists were killed and another four injured near Kalamazoo when a man allegedly plowed his pickup truck into the group.