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CA Senate Approves 3-Foot Passing Bill

California may soon become the 19th state to pass a bill protect bicyclists against unsafe vehicular passing practices. Senate Bill 910, also known as the 3-Foot Passing Bill, was approved 27-9 and is headed to Assembly.

This bill essentially seeks to enforce the California Driver’s Handbook-recommended passing distance between bicycles and cars by enacting a fine for motorists who injure a bicyclist in violation of this rule. It also seeks to legalize the behavior of motorists crossing a double yellow line in order to safely pass a bicyclist.

18 other states have similar bicyclist-protection laws in place. For more information see the Examiner’s article on the bill.