California Governor signs 3 foot passing bill, kind of, sort of.

Better than nothing? I’m not sure. Some California cyclist are calling this a win but is it really. Here’s an exception to the rule that Governor Brown demanded be in the bill before he signed it into law.

If the driver of a motor vehicle is unable to [pass more than three feet away from the cyclist] due to traffic or roadway conditions, the driver shall slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and may pass only when doing so would not endanger the safety of the operator of the bicycle, taking into account the size and speed of the motor vehicle and bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and surface and width of the highway.

via Cyclelicious » California Governor signs 3 foot passing bill (for real this time).

So give the cyclist three feet unless it would be a hinderance to you, then just give him as little room as you feel is safe for him.

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2 thoughts on “California Governor signs 3 foot passing bill, kind of, sort of.

  1. Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

    There was a lot of discussion about that subsection (D) exception among California bike advocates. The main question: Should we ask the governor to veto this imperfect bill and try for a better bill after he’s voted out in 2014? Or should we acknowledge that 3 foot laws are mostly symbolic anyway and support AB 1371?

    Thanks for the link to Cyclelicious.

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    1. Larry Burton Post author

      Richard, I understand thinking this is the best that you can get but the problem I see with this exception is that it gives permission to people in cars and trucks to get as close to the cyclist as they feel comfortable doing if they think they have any reason not to give the cyclist three feet. If there isn’t room to safely pass and allow the three feet there isn’t room to pass. The exception makes the entire law unenforceable.

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