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Do You Support SB 1464, the 3-Foot Passing Rule?

A bill has passed the state senate requiring automobiles to pass no closer than three feet to bicyclists. Many local cyclists support the proposed law; what do you think? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

In the wake of several vehicle collisions that have left bicyclists dead or injured, our question of the week is about SB 1464.

The proposed state law, making it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of three feet when passing, has the support of Bay Area cyclists.

SB 1464 has passed the state Senate and is up for a vote by the Assembly Friday. How would you vote if it were up to you?

Tell us in the comments, keeping in mind that we ask commenters to use names when taking part in our community dialogue.

If you'd rather remain anonymous, you may email your comment to joan.dentler@patch.com.

Either way, please take our non-scientific poll below to let us know where you stand on this issue.

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Charles August 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
This would be another reason California will continue to fall as a great state. This would be a ploy to ticket drivers (tax) for funds. It will also cause more traffic delays as drivers will be afraid to be ticked. If the state is serious about this, then they should consider making bicyclist have a license to drive on the road, so they can pay their fair share. They should pay taxes, and obey traffic laws. With a license they will pay for the roads and they can be cited for traffic violations. I do not advocate for licenses for bicyclist, but I do not advocate for drivers to pay for the roads for the bicylist so the bicylist can dictate road laws.
Mike Swire August 22, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Yes, I support the three foot passing rule as it will make the streets safer for cyclists and provide drivers with a clearer understanding of how to safely pass cyclists. The current law is too vague.

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