New California Law: 3 Feet For Safety

Preventing Bicycle Accidents and Making Streets Safer

Cyclists have welcomed the implementation of a new law to create safer biking conditions in California. Under the new law, which went into effect September 16, 2014, car drivers will be slapped with a $250 fine if they don’t allow at least three feet of space between the car and a cyclist riding in the same direction.

California Bicycle LawsThe current laws state that vehicles that wish to pass another vehicle or a bicyclist must pass on the left “at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle.” The new law defines exactly what this “safe distance” is, leaving little room for drivers to argue. If the driver cannot clear three feet, he or she must slow “to a reasonable or prudent speed” and pass only when certain of the other party’s safety.

Cyclists and lawmakers hope that this new law will prevent personal injury and accidents. Some drivers, meanwhile, worry that the fine may be too harsh and that slowing down suddenly can be dangerous in traffic.

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