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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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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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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/

22 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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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/

California governor rejects 3-foot bill for second time; applauds effort for bicycle safety

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed a bill for the second time on Friday that would require motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing.

This time, Brown objected to a provision that allows motorists to cross a double-yellow line if there’s no room to give 3 feet of space.

Currently, there are 21 states that require drivers to give bicyclists and pedestrians a gap of 3 or more feet when passing (Pennsylvania is 4 feet). …

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California bicyclists await governor’s signature on 3-foot bill — again

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For the second time in as many years, a California law requiring motorists to give bicyclists 3 feet of space when passing is sitting on the governor’s desk.

Gov. Jerry Brown, noting objections, rejected the bill last year. The state bicycle advocates pushed the bill through again in 2012 with some changes that they hope …

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California 3-foot law watered down before approved by Senate

The California state Senate voted in favor of a bill on Friday that was written to require motorists to give bicycle riders a 3-foot gap when passing.

If approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor, California would become the 21st state with a 3-foot buffer law on the books (see “20 states motorists …

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Nebraska 3-foot passing bill on Governor’s desk

The Nebraska legislature has sent a bill that requires motorists to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing to Gov. Dave Heineman for his signature.

Unlike the struggle similar bills face in some states, the bicycle safety bill has been in the fast lane in Nebraska. It was introduced by Sen. Tom Hansen in January and unanimously approved and forwarded last week.

The governor’s signature would make Nebraska the 21st state to enact a safe passing law of 3 feet or greater. ….

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Another attempt for 3-foot passing law in California

The struggle to pass a law in California that requires motorists to give bicycles 3 feet of space when passing won't die.

A state senator from Long Beach on Friday submitted SB 1464 to the state legislature. It makes it illegal for the driver of a motor vehicle to overtake a bicycle traveling in the same direction “at a distance of less than three feet… “

So far, 20 states nationwide require that motorists give bicyclists at least a 3-foot margin when passing.

This is the third 3-foot passing bill introduced in the California …

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