Do You Support the 3-Foot Passing Rule?

A bill has passed the state Senate requiring automobiles to pass no closer than three feet to bicyclists. Now it goes to a vote in the state Assembly on Friday, Aug. 24. What do you think? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.


A bill making its way through the state Legislature proposes to make it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of three feet when passing.

You can read more about the bill in this announcement from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, which supports the bill.

SB 1464 has passed the state Senate and is up for a vote by the Assembly on Friday, Aug. 24. How would you vote if it were up to you?

Tell us in the comments how you feel about the bill and whether you think it will make streets in Marin and throughout California safer for both bicyclists and drivers.

Either way, please take our non-scientific poll below to let us know where you stand on this issue.

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T Smith August 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
We definitely do need to protect the cyclists BUT some roads (winding roads) are not for cyclists to ride on with cars having to go over the DOUBLE yellow line. I am a bike rider but I think it is very dangerous on some roads when there are blind spots. Also road riders ride double when they shouldn't. Unfortunately, these roads were built for cars back in the day and did not allow for bike space. Newer built roads are incorporating bike lanes. Maybe that should be the law; all new roads should always include the bike lane(?) Maybe there is one? For example; in Larkspur along Magnolia there is a bike path on one side of the road but last night I saw a woman with her baby dangerously riding on the other side work her way around trafficand parked cars. Why can't she be safe about it and ride on the bike path. That would appear to be most logical, especially since she has a baby on her bike.
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