On September 16, a new law took effect in California requiring California drivers to provide a three foot buffer when passing bicyclists. Entitled “Three Feet for Safety Act”, this new law is intended to protect bicycle riders from aggressive drivers. Bicycles are a healthy and also a relaxing way to get around, but can be unnecessarily dangerous if an automobile is following or passing too close. According to the League of American Bicyclists, forty percent of bicycle accident fatalities are caused by unsafe passing by automobiles. The previous version of the law maintained that a driver must provide a safe and adequate distance, but did not specify exactly how many feet that should be. Drivers should remember to respect the bike lane and not intrude on the space designated for bicyclists.
So, what sort of things are three feet long? How about three Subway footlong sandwiches? The height of a tennis net in the middle? It’s also the length of a guitar, the height of a five year old, the width of a standard door, and the equivalent of 9 Twinkies.
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