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How to enforce 3-foot passing safety laws to protect bicyclists

Device measures distance to passing cars

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia require that motorists give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when they pass.

It’s the law.

But one of the big hurdles bike advocates face in pushing for passage of such legislation is enforcement. In state after state, police and legislators say that the 3-foot law is …

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Two states add 3-foot bicycle-passing laws to the books: now it’s the law in 26 states

The state legislatures in Wyoming and South Dakota passed laws this year that require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing. The governors have signed those laws and they’ll go into effect later in 2015.

The success in those states will bring to 26 the number of states (and the District …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/14/two-states-add-3-foot-bicycle-passing-laws-to-the-books/

3 states consider bicycle bills requiring 3-foot passing; Nebraska considers ‘changing lanes’

Bicycle passing laws in US

State legislatures in Indiana, Wyoming and South Dakota are considering bills this year that would require that motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing.

(March 19, 2015 — Other states considering passing laws — Alabama (SB 4 — 5 foot passing law passed Senate, goes to House; Massachusetts Bill H.3073 names bicyclists as vulnerable users and requires …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/22/2-states-consider-bicycle-bills-requiring-3-foot-passing/

3-foot passing buffer for bicyclists becomes law in California today

If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.

Give Me 3

The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, became effective Tuesday after more than a year of preparation. Brown had vetoed two earlier versions …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/16/3-foot-passing-buffer-for-bicyclists-goes-into-effect-in-california-today/

West Virginia protects bicyclists with 3-foot passing law

West Virginia has become the 22nd state to require motorists give bicyclists 3 feet of space or more when passing, as the bicycling safety measure continues to gain approval in legislatures across the US.

The law passed in West Virginia during the 2014 legislative session and was signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on March 21. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/09/west-virginia-protects-bicycles-with-3-foot-passing-law-virginia-law-awaits-signature/

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia seek safety in 3-foot passing law

A billboard in Cincinnati where "3 feet" is the law.

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia are working to enact bills that would require motor vehicles to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing.

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books with the 3-foot or more requirement. California became the 22nd to enact the law last year; it goes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/14/bicyclists-in-ohio-seek-safety-in-3-foot-passing-law/

Gov. Brown signs bill: Giving 3 feet for bicyclists will be the law in California — in a year

California Bicycle Coalition poster

California became the 22nd state to require that motorists give bicycles 3 feet of clearance after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Monday.

It was the third time that a 3-foot passing bill had landed on Gov. Brown’s desk. He vetoed the earlier two measures for various reasons.

The bill was submitted …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/23/giving-3-feet-for-bicyclists-will-be-the-law-in-california-in-a-year/

How to enforce 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists

Maryland bike advocate shows what 3 feet looks like.

To those who say that laws requiring motorists to give bicycles a 3-foot gap when passing are unenforceable, consider what police in Austin, Texas, are doing.

A few years ago, bicycle advocates in Texas convinced the legislature to pass a 3-foot law for passing bicycles. Gov. Rich Perry vetoed it, becoming the first governor to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/16/how-to-enforce-3-foot-passing-law-to-protect-bicyclists/

26 states require motorists give 3 feet or more when passing cyclist

Update: Sept. 13, 2013 — Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia require that motorists give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing.

Bicycle advocates in California are waiting for Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to make their state No. 22.

The state legislature passed a 3-foot law (AB 1371) in August. The bill is sitting on Gov. Brown’s desk awaiting his signature.

This is the third time that a 3-foot passing bill …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/13/20-states-require-motorists-give-3-feet-or-more-when-passing-cyclists/

Safe passing bill hearing in Olympia today supports bicycling

Thanks to all those bicyclists who are heading to Olympia today for Transportation Advocacy Day.

One bicycle-friendly Senate bill that’s on tap for a hearing Tuesday would make it legal for motorists to cross over a double-yellow line to give safe passage to bicyclists or pedestrians. The bill defines safe passage as a 3-foot gap.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/02/12/safe-passing-bill-hearing-in-olympia-today-supports-bicycling/

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