California’s new cycling ‘three-foot rule’ stirs some ‘reader rage’

On Sept. 16, 2014, California will join nearly half the states in requiring cars to keep at least a three-foot distance from bikes that they pass on the road.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

California’s enactment of legislation requiring a three foot buffer when motorist pass cyclists is stirring debate in the Golden State.  The bottom line is that bikes are considered vehicles under the California Vehicle Code and have all the same rights and responsibilities to share the road with cars, trucks and SUVs.  Allowing for some space when passing doesn’t seem to be unreasonable given the aggression that many motorist show towards people riding on bikes.

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