UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect the most up to date amendments . 1) 18 other states (not 13 as previously stated) have enacted safe passing distance laws. Laws were passed in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin 2) Failure to provide 3 feet passing distance results in a $35 dollar fine (not $220 as previously stated). The fine climbs to $220 if a collision occurs and the bicyclist is injured and the motor vehicle is found to have not complied with the 3 foot passing law. 3) Added the definition for a “substandard width lane.”
The LADOT Bike Blog is happy to report that the State Senate has recently passed the “Give Me 3” Bill (SB 910) by a 27-9 vote. (Review our last post on the “Give Me 3” campaign.) Now the bill will move over to the State Assembly for further consideration. For California to join the 18 other states that already have similar three feet passing laws, we must let our elected officials know that this issue is near and dear to us all. Be sure to contact your local assembly person and show your support for the three-foot passing bill!
As it stands now, (Updated 5/26/2011) SB 910 will:
- require drivers of a motor vehicle passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction to pass on the left and provide a minimum clearance of three feet or drive at a speed not exceeding 15 mph faster than the speed of the bicycle.
- establishes a $35 fine for failure to provide the minimum three-feet clearance or passing at a speed exceeding 15 mph faster than the speed of the bicycle. The fine climbs to $220 if a collision occurs and the bicyclist is injured and the motor vehicle is found to have not complied with the 3 foot passing law.
- allows the driver of a motor vehicle to drive on the left side of double yellow lines if driving on a substandard width lane and passing a person riding on a bicycle or operating a pedicab in the same direction.
- substandard width lane is defined as a lane that cannot safely accomodate a bicyclist and a motor vehicle.
We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with this bill as it proceeds through the legislative process.