Poll: Do You Support The 3-Foot Bicycle Passing Rule?

A bill has passed the state senate requiring automobiles to pass no closer than three feet to bicyclists. Tell us what you think in the comments.

In the wake of several vehicle collisions that have left bicyclists dead or injured, legislators are proposing a law that would make it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of three feet when passing.

You can read more about SB 1464 HERE.

SB 1464 has passed the state Senate and is up for a vote by the Assembly Friday.

As with other places in California, the greater San Gabriel Valley has some spots that are very popular with bikers: the Angeles Crest Highway and Glendora Mountain Road both see a lot of bike traffic on weekends.

There were several notable fatal accidents in 2011 in Pasadena, a serious involving bikers in Monrovia last month, and a in January of 2012 also in Monrovia.

However, who believe that bad cyclist behavior is a major problem on the road that also leads to accidents.  

So we want to know what you think: will this law help decrease cyclist accidents?  Or do you believe that bike accidents will only decrease if cyclists start doing more to obey the law?  As a driver, do you think this law will impact how you drive?  As a cyclist, will you feel more protected under this law or not?  

Tell us what you think in the comments section and vote in our poll below.

HDC September 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I personally do not like being "waved through a stop sign" when I'm on my bike. Just because one person waves me through doesn't mean everyone else is going to waive my obligation to stop. It's a lot less confusing if everyone just obeys the stop signs according to the Vehicle Code. That said, I would love to see more bike-friendly intersections and bike lanes. How cool is this? https://pricetags.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/the-hovenring-a-new-level-of-bike-infrastructure/
HDC September 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Just read through that first reference. Glad to see I'm already doing much of what's recommended there. There's one sentence that sums up much of the problem in a nutshell: "If most bicyclists in your community use incorrect maneuvers, drivers will have some trouble understanding your correct maneuvers." Alas, so true. I just love getting yelled at when I don't pull over to the curb in the gaps between parked cars, or when I don't go into a right-turn-only lane when I'm proceeding straight through an intersection on my bike.
billdsd September 01, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Yes, that can be a problem. The thing that kind of drives me crazy is drivers who expect me to roll through stop signs even though it's not my turn. They'll even start waving me through sometimes. I'd much rather that they just took their turn. I find the right turn only lane thing a bit aggravating too. It's actually illegal to travel straight through in a right turn only lane (CVC 21461+CA MUTCD 2B.20.02,14) but some drivers get angry with me for not doing that.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 01, 2012 at 10:08 PM
HDC, your point about being waved through was gone over in the traffic school I took online. Scenario was three drivers (which could be riders). One waves the other through, that person goes, and get smacked by the person who actually had the right of way. They strongly encouraged you not to wave others on. The inference is you are not a traffic cop and should not be directing traffic.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The Bike Mafia needs to get together and help police itself. Now, instead of riding in the slow lane on Foothill because I need to turn right off that street, I ride in the fast lane until i get closer to my turn. But just in the last week, I observed, west bound on Foothill Blvd, rush hour traffic, though there was room to ride on the extreme right, bicyclist in the center of the lane, impeding traffic. Over the weekend, east bound on Royal Oaks near Immaculate Conception, 3 bicyclists riding 3 abreast filling the lane, impeding 4 cars from driving the normal speed in order to turn on Mountain. One turned and saw the cars, they made no effort to go single file. This morning, east bound on Chestnut, 6 bicyclists riding 2 and 3 abreast filling the lane. They made no effort to get over. You could not go around them and coukd not safely turn right at the intersection. These last 2 were 2 lane roads. Asserting your needs is one thing, but irresponsibly and inconsiderately sharing the road is arrogant and does nothing to promote your cause. There have been other observations. These are the most recent. We all need to be considerate on the road no matter the conveyance.


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