AB1371, CA’s 3-Foot Passing Law Passes SenatePosted: August 27, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The state Senate has approved a bill that would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when they are passing in the same direction.
Lawmakers approved AB1371 by Democratic Assemblyman Steven Bradford of Gardena on a 31-7 vote Monday, despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a nearly identical bill last year.
The governor had said he is worried about the possibility of increased crashes if drivers cross the center line or slow down too much to pass cyclists.
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who carried the bill in the Senate, said California is one of 32 states that have so-called “safe distance laws” to protect bicyclists, but at least 22 states specify the three-foot buffer as a safe distance.
How many times have you been nearly run off the road? Have you had drivers swerve towards you in order to intimidate you? Have you even had your handlebars clipped?
I hope Jerry Brown doesn’t veto it this time. I have to say, his reasoning last time was bullshit. If you have to cross the center line to pass a cyclist when there’s oncoming traffic, wait until the traffic clears. It isn’t rocket science. If you’re too stupid to figure that out, how’d you get your driver’s license?
We have a right to the road. Respect us and we’ll respect you.
- Bill mandates 3-foot buffer between cars, bikes (sacbee.com)