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Do You Support SB 1464, the 3-Foot Bike Passing Rule?

A bill has passed the state senate requiring automobiles to pass no closer than three feet to bicyclists. Would this prevent more cyclist/vehicle accidents? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

In the wake of several vehicle collisions that have left bicyclists dead or injured, legislators have proposed SB 1464.

Last year, a riding his bike at Farm Hill Boulevard and McGarvey Avenue, but Redwood City police say the cyclist was at fault for making a sudden left turn from the second right lane, cutting in front of the car.

Another scuffle happened last April due to . Three men and the cyclist pulled into a 7-Eleven parking lot to settle their road rage, where the suspects severely beat the 35-year-old Redwood City cyclist.

The proposed state law would make it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of three feet when passing.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has made this announcement supporting the bill authored by Sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach and co-sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition and the City of Los Angeles.

SB 1464 has passed the state Senate and is up for a vote by the Assembly Friday. How would you vote if it were up to you?

Tell us in the comments, keeping in mind that we ask commenters to use names when taking part in our community dialogue.

 

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mpcyclist August 23, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Thanks for the websites. Very useful. I'll pass that info on to my cycling friends.
Palomar Parkman August 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
It sounds like a reasonable law if enforced fairly. Unfortunately that is up to the interpretation and diligence of the local jurisdiction. On the other hand, some bikers seem to think that they do not have to obey the traffic laws and run red lights and stop signs..... Laws can only do so much, they can't cure ignorance or stupidity.
Mary McLinden August 27, 2012 at 05:25 AM
A 3 foot clearance is a good idea, but there isn't really room on some roads. Have you ever driven up or down King Mountain Road in Woodside? Narrow lanes, blind curves, blind driveways and a drop off on one side make it scary at best when there are only cars. Add in the bicyclists trudging up the hill S-L-O-W-L-Y and whizzing down at speeds over the posted limit - major fun!
Rex August 27, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Same problem up Page Mill Rd. The three-foot rule won't work on some roads where there are few places to pass safely over the double line.
Reality Check August 27, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Quoting from the FAQ ( http://givemethree.squarespace.com/faq ), which you obviously can't be bothered to read: How would drivers give bicyclists three feet of clearance on roads that are too narrow? Keep in mind that state law doesn't guarantee drivers a right to pass whenever or wherever they want. Drivers may only pass another vehicle or a bicycle when it's safe to do so. This wouldn't change under SB 1464. Under SB 1464, if the driver can give the bicyclist three feet of space, it's probably safe to pass (other factors matter, too, like traffic, weather, visibility, curves, hills, etc.). If he can’t do that, then he can’t (and shouldn’t) pass. To make it easier to give bicyclists at least three feet on two-lane roads with a solid double-yellow centerline, SB 1464 would allow a driver to cross the centerline, when safe, in order to pass. Crossing the double-yellow centerline is not allowed under existing law. But this forces drivers to choose between doing what's illegal (crossing the centerline) or doing what's unsafe (buzzing or hitting the bicyclist). We need to fix the law!

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