There are many benefits that bike riders enjoy in Mississippi today that they did not previously enjoy. First, laws have been passed providing bicyclists increased safety in the state. One such law requires that motorists give bicyclists three feet when passing them on the roadway. Miss. Code Ann. §63-3-1309.
“a motorist shall leave a safe distance of not less than three (3) feet between his vehicle and the bicyclist and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the bicycle.”
Another Mississippi statute explicitly states that bicyclists must be treated as a motorist would treat another vehicle in the roadway and that:
“it is unlawful to harass, taunt or maliciously throw an object at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle.”
These laws have raised awareness of bicyclists on the road and their rights, hopefully providing a safer roadway for all bicyclists in the state.