Motorists in Washington state will be legally obligated to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing in the same lane beginning on Jan. 1.
The law, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May, passed the legislature this past session. With its enactment, Washington joined the more than 30 states that require motorists …
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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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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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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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If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.
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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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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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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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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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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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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