The Three Foot Passing bill introduced by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) passed the State Senate on August 26th. Today, it received a final vote in the Assembly, passing 51-23 at about 10:30am. It now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk to be signed into law.
The bill states:
A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator.
Similar legislation has been vetoed twice previously by Governor Brown, most recently in 2012. This legislation contains none of the issues he raised with previous “Three Foot” efforts, including provisions requiring drivers to slow down if they cannot pass with three feet of clearance and allowing drivers to cross the centerline to pass bicyclists. Those omissions notwithstanding, this legislation is a step forward in protecting all road users and should become law.