California road bicyclists will be happy with Governor Jerry Brown. Today he signed a bill into law called the Three Feet Safety Act that requires motor vehicles to slow down and pass at least 3 feet to the left of a bicyclist riding in the same direction.
Violators would get fined $35. But if a collision occurs as a result of the motorist failing to comply with the law’s provisions, the motorist will get fined $220.
The Three Feet Safety Act goes into effect on September 16, 2014.
We hope this new law gets more local media coverage when it goes into effect, and the police enforce it.
We encourage the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continue to fund research studies and develop strategies for reducing bicyclist injury since bicycling is emerging as viable alternative mode of travel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 48,000 bicyclists were injured and 677 were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide in 2011. So any measure to help reduce these numbers and further protect bicyclists is welcome news at Glendale Cycles.