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Bill Would Hold Motorists to 3-Foot Rule When Passing Bicyclists

A bill has cleared the state Senate requiring automobiles to pass no closer than 3 feet to bicyclists. What do you think? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Patch wants to know what you think about a bill that would hold motorists to a 3-foot rule when passing bicyclists.

SB 1464 would make it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of 3 feet when passing. The proposed state bill has been approved by the California Senate and is up for a vote by the state Assembly on Friday. 

The California Assembly Transportation Committee voted in favor of the bill in June. An earlier version of the bill was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown because it would have required motorists to reduce their speed to at least 15 mph if providing 3 feet of passing space was not possible. 

Do you support SB 1464? Vote in our poll and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

K. Udall August 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Sorry but I am tired of more laws that protect people riding bikes. I try to avoid them by at least 3 feet already but if you drive around much you know how impossible that is in most places on the Westside. Not only is there on coming traffic that makes 3 feet impossible but many times 3 feet wouldn't be enough. Many cyclists aren't careful. Last week we experienced a dad with his 5 year old on a separate riding down the middle of Montana Avenue getting ready to turn left across traffic endangering them both. They also don't care how they effect traffic which is already a mess. God forbid you should hit one...no matter what they do it would be the person driving the car who would be at fault. I came upon a guy around a turn on Sunset one day and the guy is lucky to be alive. I had to swerve around him to keep from hitting him. He was in the middle of the lane and I couldn't see around the corner to know he was there. This is just one instance I have experienced. Mostly I find them riding 3 or 4 across on Sepulveda or San Vicente. Now I know they aren't all like this but there are many who are. They feel it's there right to do what they ever they want on the road no matter the problems it causes. Sorry but when are we going to tell the "bikers" to mind their manner and stop impeding traffic.
westside August 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Bikes have the right to take the entire lane, just like cars do. Sorry if that inconveniences you.

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