Tag: California

Parents of bicyclist seek maximum penalty for drunken driver after fatality in California

The parents of a nursing student killed by a drunken driver as she rode her bicycle home from the library at Chico State University in California wrote the following heart-felt letter.

It shows how the irresponsible actions can have far-reaching consequences.

“The body of our daughter, Kristina Chesterman, lies upstairs at Enloe Medical Center waiting to be used to help other patients in need of organ donations. ….

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

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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30 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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Bicycle path opens on new Bay Bridge span in Oakland

Complete SF Bay crossing for bicycles still years away

A bicycle-pedestrian path on the newly opened east section of the Bay Bridge over San Francisco Bay opened on Tuesday, holding the promise of a cross-bay bike route in the future.

At present, however, it’s kind of a bike path to nowhere as it stops short of Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the channel because of a design snafu.

The bike path opened at noon Tuesday …

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Wife looking for Good Samaritan who helped husband after bike crash

With all the news of hit and run motorists crashing into bicyclists, it’s good to hear about someone in California who stopped for an injured bicyclist. It was another cyclist. Elizabeth Roehrs wants to locate and personally thank the woman who stopped to help her husband, Steve, after he crashed into a tree a couple …

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Californians remember two bicyclists killed in traffic; fund drive open

More than 1,200 cyclists took to the streets in Newport Beach on Sunday in a memorial bike ride for two bicycle riders killed in separate crashes in September. The two, Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion Ritz and Sarah Leaf, were struck on their bikes and killed in a period of under 24 hours. Ritz, 57, a …

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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 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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Biggest mystery of Tour of California resolved; also TV schedule

A big question has loomed over the Amgen Tour of California bike race that starts on Sunday: Is 3-time winner Levi Leipheimer well enough to compete in the 8-stage race?

Leipheimer, who suffered a fractured fibula when he was struck from behind by a car in early April, finally answered that question on Friday. …

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Smile hit ‘n’ run driver — you’re on candid camera

A California motorist who is suspected of striking two bicyclists in Berkeley and speeding away has been arrested by police after a bike-mounted video camera captured his license plate number. The video, posted on YouTube and viewed more than 200,000 times since Thursday, shows the black Acura’s license plate as it strikes Brazilian cyclist Bruno …

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