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POLL: Do You Support a 3-Foot Rule for Motorists Passing Bicyclists?

SB 1464 is up for a vote in the state Assembly on Friday, requiring automobiles to give a minimum 3-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist. What do you think? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

West Hollywood is getting more bicycle friendly all the time. Bike lanes were recently added along San Vicente Boulevard and more are planned on other streets. Meanwhile the and a push is on to .

Now comes word that Sacramento lawmakers may be doing something to make the entire state more bike friendly.

SB 1464 would make it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of 3 feet when passing. The proposed state bill has been approved by the California Senate and is up for a vote by the state Assembly this Friday. 

The California Assembly Transportation Committee voted in favor of the bill in June. An earlier version of the bill was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown because it would have required motorists to reduce their speed to at least 15 mph if providing 3 feet of passing space was not possible. 

Do you support SB 1464? Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Todd Bianco August 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I went to UCSB and lived both on campus and in Isla Vista. The entire campus as well as IV is built for bicycles and I enjoyed the whole experience. There were bike cops on campus to make sure people were following the yield signs and not screwing up the bike traffic which was very heavy any given school day. Most of us had cars, but we simply parked them in a lot and used them to go into Santa Barbara or Goleta to get stuff. The rest of the time, it was all bikes and bikes always were given a right of way. Unfortunately you can't replicate that experience in LA or WeHo and I gave up riding a bike here (1) because I can walk to almost anything I need and (2) it's just too dangerous. I know that bicyclists are covered in the CA vehicle code, but few know the rules and even fewer abide by them. Again it comes back to education of both drivers and bike riders, future planning that includes bike paths and common road courtesy. That's probably too much to hope for.
Paul August 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I wish people would give up driving cars and ride bikes or horses so the air wouldn't smell bad.
Paul August 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Also, if people rode bikes instead of driving cars there wouldn't be so many fat people in the world.
Brian Hamilton August 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Well, that's not universally true. :-) www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151154813252754&set=o.112110435551837
Cino September 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
As a cyclist I think there should be as much concern about cyclists who cause just as many accidents as motorists. I have seen bikers ignore all rules of the road and carelessly cause accidents then blame the motorists.

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