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Bill Gives Cyclists More Room on the Road

A bill calling for cars to move over and give cyclists three-feet of passing space has moved to the state senate for a final vote.

California drivers may soon need to move over and make more room on the road for bicyles. The State Assembly passed a bill this week that would mandate a three-foot buffer zone for cars over-taking cyclists. 

 passed with a vote of 52-19 and would allow cars to cross the double yellow line to give cyclists enough room. The Senate will vote on the bill before it reaches Gov. Brown’s desk.

East Bay Bicycle Coalition Program Director Dave Campbell said he thinks the bill will work as an educational tool for drivers, helping to meet the long-term goal of the coalition — having traffic engineers, law enforcement, drivers and cyclists create a roadway environment friendly and encouraging to cyclists.

- Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

What do you think of the three-foot buffer law for cars passing cyclists? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Chris Kapsalis August 31, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I think there needs to be a major crack down on inconsiderate drivers who could kill a bicyclist instead of slowing down just a bit or touching their breaks. What the heck is going on? Why are people so upset having to share the road with bikes? They take less space, are quiet, do not pollute, on and on. Have as much right to the road as a driver. No protection. I think they should have the right of way at all times much as pedestrians do. Still have to obey traffic laws, but why on earth would someone have to fly into oncoming traffic when they could just slow down a little and wait?
Jed August 31, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I think that until BICYCLISTS PAY ROAD TAXES (now paid for with GASOLINE taxes) I think that bicycles should be banned from the roads. I feel pashionately about this issue because about 98% of bicyclists (especially those in their "Speedos" and "sperm-shaped" hats) drive like THEY own the roads and ignore traffic laws. When is the last time YOU SAW a bicyclist STOP at a stop sign, for example? They'll often ride side by side (illegal) in the street and expect motorists to swerve out of THEIR way - often into the opposite direction lane. Better enforcement is another answer, but police are too busy for that sort of thing, it seems. Until the bicycling word get their act together and obeys the rules of the road LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO - I SAY BAN THEM! TOTALLY!
Kathryn August 31, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I think there is a resentment from drivers towards the cyclists about the tax issue to be sure. As far as cyclists disobeying traffic laws, it is two sides of the same coin. There are a lot of drivers who could use refresher courses in driver ed. I wonder why cyclists are not required to license their bicycles and pay a bit towards the private bycycle lanes that are created just for them.
Chris Kapsalis August 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
You think about it. What damage to bikes do to asphalt? none. How much space do they take up compared to a car? Very little. They do not pollute. They take up NO parking spaces. I want more bikes on the road. If a bike hits you what happens compared to a car? So what will we tax food? The energy used to drive the pedals of a bike. How many wars has bikes cause? I used to drive a big truck and out Morgan territory. There would be bikers. Some felt they owned the road. But now look at drivers. We drivers as a group are the last people on earth to complain about bikes or bike riders imo. When you are sitting in a traffic jam think, think if 1/3rd of them road a bike that day. We should encourage people to ride bikes. It is better for the road, earth and us finding a parking space when we have to drive. The list is endless. The most efficient form of human powered transportation on earth.
Leslie Ries September 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
My complaint is most bike riders don't ride single file and when you let them know you are approaching they don't move to the edge of the road. Take a drive down Alhambra Valley Rd for example. They ride side by side and won't budge so you have to cross the line to get around them. I respect the energy conservation and the exercies riders are getting but please be respectful of autos and SHARE THE ROAD!

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