Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has signed legislation requiring California drivers to stay at least 3 feet away when passing bicyclists.
California now follows 22 other states and D.C. in defining by motor vehicle codes what is a safe distance for passing a bicyclist. Bicycle riding advocates have beeen trying for years to get this law passed to curb aggressive driving in and around cyclists. The California legislature has finally heeded this call and decided that a three foot buffer is reasonable and appropriate. The law will state, however, that when a car cannot give three feet of room to pass a bike, they may pass but, must slow down and only overtake the bike rider in a way that does not endanger their safety.
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