Arizona’s safe passing law — ARS 28-735 — has the usual text that a motorist “shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet until the motor vehicle is safely past the overtaken bicycle.”
ARS 28-735 infamously contains a get out of jail free card: if the cyclist is hit in the street when a bike lane or path is present, there’s absolutely no penalty for the driver. (more…)
The city of San Antonio, Texas has had a Safe Passing Ordinance on the books since 2010. The local law requires at least three feet of passing distance when a driver passes a ‘vulnerable user,’ which includes pedestrians, cyclists, highway workers and even people on horseback.
To give this ordinance some teeth, San Antonio bicycle officers are riding through downtown, with other officers in cars following and observing driver behavior. When they see somebody passing too closely, they nail the driver.
Story at WOAI News 4: Undercover bike officers target unsafe drivers.
I was out riding when news of this came, so sorry for the lateness: California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 1464, the bill that would have required 3 feet of passing distance between a motor vehicle and a cyclist.
California Governor Jerry Brown has until this Monday to sign or veto California SB 1464, Alan Lowenthal’s “Three Feet for Safety Act.”
The full California Senate voted in favor of SB1464, the 3 feet bicycle passing bill.
Next stop, the state Assembly Transportation Committee, then the full assembly, and then likely a conference committee to hammer out the inevitable differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the bill, then an approval vote on the conference changes from both chambers, and finally to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk *whew*.
The California Senate will vote Thursday on Senate Bill 1464 — the 3 feet passing for cyclists bill introduced by Long Beach Senator Alan Lowenthal and cosponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition and the City of Los Angeles with support from every bike advocacy group in the state of California.