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Friday, September 20, 2013

How to enforce 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists | Biking Bis


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.
Maryland bike advocate shows what 3 feet looks like.
Maryland bike advocate shows what 3 feet looks like.
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 veto such a law (California’s Gov. Jerry Brown has since joined him).
City councils all across the Lone Star State realized, however, that 3-foot passing laws are important safety measures. Many passed local ordinances that require motorists to give bicyclists, and pedestrians, a minimum 3 feet of clearance when passing.
Austin was one of those cities. 

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