Governor Jerry Brown will soon get the opportunity to sign into law Senate Bill (SB) 1464 – CA’s safe passing distance law. Yesterday, the bill passed the CA State Assembly by a 50-16 margin, setting the stage for California to join 21 other states and the District of Columbia in having a defined safe passing distance law. The bill calls for drivers to give bicyclists a minimum 3-foot safe passing distance, increasing safety for all roadway users. (more…)
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We just got word of some great news from our friends at the California Bicycle Coalition. SB 1464 – CA’s safe passing distance bill – just passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee with no group expressing opposition. The bill was also deemed to have no fiscal impact by the CA Dept. of Finance. SB 1464 could now head for a full Assembly vote within the next two weeks. For the latest amendments to the bill, click here. The “Give Me Three” campaign is being sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) and the City of Los Angeles. Existing law requires that drivers keep a “safe distance” from bicyclists when passing, however this vague wording makes it difficult to enforce and leaves too much room for poor judgement. This new bill would change the California Vehicle Code to require a minimum of 3 feet when passing. To find out more about SB 1464 and the “Give me 3″ campaign, check out the CBC’s FAQ sheet or read the bill’s full language.
Senate Bill (SB) 1464, more commonly known as the “Give me 3″ bill, unanimously passed it’s first senate subcommittee hearing, with an 8-0 vote 0n April 17th, before the Transportation and Housing Committee.
What’s Next: After undergoing review from the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill is set to be voted on by the Senate, possibly sometime next week. You can contact your local Senator and show your support for the “Give me 3″ campaign, Sb 1464 by following this link.
UPDATE: The California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) urges you to send the committee chair a message right now. Simply add your name and contact info into the form and hit send — your message will be emailed to the CBC and they’ll make sure it’s delivered to the State Capitol.
Senate Bill (SB) 1464, the California three foot safe passing distance bill – is coming up for review in the CA State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee on April 17th, 2012. SB 1464 – better known as the “Give me 3” campaign – will require drivers to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing them from behind. California is hoping to join nineteen other states and the District of Columbia to enact a safe passing distance law. You can show your support for SB 1464 by letting members of the Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee know how important this bill is to you! For more information about SB 1464, visit the FAQ page on the Give Me 3 campaign website or you can read the bill’s language for yourself here.
The City of Los Angeles and the California Bicycle Coalition are teaming up once again with Senator Lowenthal (D – Long Beach) on a campaign to improve bicyclist safety statewide. Senate Bill (SB) 1464 is designed to overcome the shortcomings of its predecessor, SB-910, which last year was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Gov. Brown did recognize that the bill offered “some needed and clear improvements to the law”, but concerns raised by the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans ultimately swayed his decision to the negative. Opponents raised concerns over the 15 mph requirement for safe passing. which they felt could cause rear end collisions. Gov. Brown ended his explanation with a call for the authors, proponents, and opponents to send him a bill next year that would solve the problems; SB 1464 does just that. California is hoping to become the 20th State in the country to pass a safe passing distance law. With your help, we can make it a reality. Find out about the latest efforts to pass Give Me 3 on the CBC’s website. We’ll be sure to update you here on the LADOT Bike Blog when major developments occur.