CHP press release: We expect more from children than from adults

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The California Highway Patrol issued a press release about the three foot law that takes effect on September 16, 2014. They provide two paragraphs about the law, and three paragraphs with six bullet points explaining how children on bikes should be more responsible for traffic safety than the entitled, whining adults are in their automobiles.

CHP press release on 3 foot law

I’ve added the highlighting. Note also the instruction for children to “ride as far right as possible.”

The onus of responsibility on traffic safety lies on those controlling the more dangerous equipment. Teaching children the rules of the road is fine, but a press release directed to motorists reminding them of their ethical responsibility not to kill people is probably not the right place for this instruction.

You can view the original here.


  1. Why would CHP use for their bike safety information in regards to the 3 foot law, when there are so many more authoritative sources for bike safety? Because maybe they don’t like the law, and safekids is the one of the few official looking sources that incorrectly state “far to the right as possible” instead of the safe and legal “far to the right as practicable”. With hundreds of highly qualified bike safety experts in the state, CHP went instead to, who does not even have someone dedicated to work on bike safety. Below is a list of what they have email contacts for…..notice no bike safety contact.

    Car Seats
    Water Safety
    Fire Safety
    Pedestrian Safety
    Sports & Recreation Safety
    Home Safety
    General Information states “Stay as far to the right as possible”. Possible vs practicable is not nitpicking, its is a huge night and day difference when its comes to safety. To a kid, possible means the door zone, but safekids mentions nothing about door zones. The place where kids commonly ride are near schools, arriving or leaving school, when the street is lined with parked cars. Not just any parked cars, but ones that have a very high probability of dooring due to the high turnover rate and rushed state that parents are in. To a kid, possible may also be interpreted as using gaps between parked cars….pulling into the gap to get close to the curb, then popping back out before reaching the next parked car, an extremely bad practice for multiple reasons.

    By substituting “possible” for the “practicable” (from VC Section 21202), and at the same time failing to mention dangers like dooring, is putting many kids at risk when their misinformation is distributed statewide by the CHP.

    See these links:

    Then if you agree, write and ask them to please correct their information regarding far to the right. Below are the ‘sports’ and ‘pedestrian’ contacts.

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