WHAT: The “Three-Feet-for-Safety Act” legally mandates that California motorists give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them on the road and also provides a way for law enforcement to enforce safe passing. Bill author, state Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the Automobile Club of Southern California and California Highway Patrol will launch the “I GIVE 3 FT” safety awareness campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 10 urging motorists to give bicyclists at least 3 feet clearance when passing.
Similar awareness campaigns are being launched by law enforcement, cyclist groups, non-profits and others to get the word out about the new law.
SEE: Demonstrations including 3-ft measurement tips, and street demos with passenger vehicles and professional bicyclists from the Amgen Tour and Tour de France; Tip cars to be distributed to 200,000 motorists via AAARoadside Assistance vehicles statewide and partner organizations. I GIVE 3 FT window clings will be affixed to Auto Club, CHP and Assemblymember Bradford’s vehicles.
62nd District Assemblymember Bradford, D-Gardena, author of the “Three-Feet-for-Safety Act”
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Exec. Dir. Jennifer Klausner
CHP-Southern Division Chief Dan Bower
Auto Club Public Affairs Specialist and Bicyclist Marianne Kim
WHY: California’s new bike-passing law will go into effect Tuesday, Sept. 16 and is designed to reduce car-versus-bicycle crashes by reminding motorists to give bicyclists more safe space while passing on the road. Twenty-five other states have similar laws.
CONTACT:Auto Club, Jeff Spring and Elaine Beno, News Media Hotline714-885-2333
CHP-West Valley Public Information Officer Leland Tang, 818-888-0980