Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Give Me Three" Bike Law Takes Effect Today!

The Three Feet for Safety Act takes effect today! The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike in the same lane. (More info here.) Tips for motorists:

>> Give at least three feet. Don’t overtake or pass a person bicycling too closely. California law requires a standard minimum distance of three feet between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or person riding the bike.

>> Expect to see people cycling on the roadway. Bicyclists have the right to use all roads except those from which they are officially excluded.

>> Slow down when passing bicyclists. Air pressure from vehicles passing bicyclists, especially trucks and buses, can “push” a bicyclist over just by the wind created by passing at high speed.

Tips for bicyclists:

>> Ride on the right in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. Obey all traffic laws. Stop at red lights and stop signs and yield to pedestrians.

>> Be predictable. Ride in a straight line, not swerving in and out between parked cars. Signal your moves to motorists, other bicyclists, and pedestrians to let them know what to expect.

>> Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, dawn, and dusk. Use appropriate lights and reflectors at night.

>> Use your eyes and ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control and fall. Don't use headphones or earplugs in both ears while riding.

>> Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars. Drivers may pull out in front of you or open a door in your path.

>> Allow faster traffic to pass when it’s safe. Avoid needlessly blocking the road.

The goal is to create a safe environment for both bicyclists and motorists. Let’s look out for each other and keep everyone safe.

Want more info on the "Give Me Three" law? Check out this helpful FAQ from the California Bicycle Coalition.