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3 Foot Passing Law

“The operator of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle shall pass to the left at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. When a motor vehicle overtakes and passes a bicycle, three feet or greater is considered a safe passing distance.”

Cleveland needs safe roads if we are going to see more people biking and walking. We believe that physical changes to our roadways are the best way to improve safety and promote alternative forms of transportation.

Inspired by the street painting projects in Slavic Village and Asiatown last summer, several resident groups approached Bike Cleveland interested in doing street painting projects in their neighborhood. Some applied for and received funding through Neighbor Up grants; all groups lead community engagement efforts. If you're interested in bringing street painting to your neighborhood, contact Jenna at


Frequently Asked Questions

What is tactical urbanism?

Tactical Urbanism is all about action. Also known as DIY Urbanism or DIY Complete Streets, this approach refers to a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions to catalyze long-term change.

What is decorative street painting?

Street painting can look different depending on the project, neighborhood, or city. In some cities, street murals involve commissioned artwork similar to a wall mural. In others, paint is used to take up excess road space or to make high-visibility crosswalks. 

Will paint help?

We recognize that paint is not as effective as physical traffic calming, but there is still evidence that street art can improve safety. One study found that street art can reduce crashes involving pedestrians & cyclists by 50%.

Who is paying for this?

These projects were funded through a combination of Neighbor Up Community Grants and matching funds from Bike Cleveland. Some materials & supplies will come from the NOACA Street Supplies Program - a lending library of street materials for projects like this one. No tax dollars are funding this project.

Who will maintain it?

These projects are meant to be temporary with the hope that the city can include some permanent elements of traffic calming in these neighborhoods in the long-term.

Past Tactical Urbanism Projects