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Do You Support the 3-Foot Passing Rule?

A bill has passed the state Senate requiring automobiles to pass no closer than three feet to bicyclists. Now it goes to a vote in the state Assembly on Friday, Aug. 24. What do you think? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

A bill making its way through the state Legislature proposes to make it a legal requirement for automobiles to give bicyclists a minimum clearance of three feet when passing.

You can read more about the bill in this announcement from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, which supports the bill.

SB 1464 has passed the state Senate and is up for a vote by the Assembly on Friday, Aug. 24. How would you vote if it were up to you?

Tell us in the comments how you feel about the bill and whether you think it will make streets in Marin and throughout California safer for both bicyclists and drivers.

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

Rico September 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Kathy has a great suggestion about a new bike lane added to Hwy. 1 in Tam Junction. I would like to correct what I said about the new bridge, it would be more like the southwest side of Hwy. 1, the old non-ADA compliant bridge is across the street. But I have another suggestion, and I don't know if it is in the works or not. That would be to install a bike/pedestrian lane from Tennessee Valley Rd. all the way to the Fireside Apartments in Manzanita. That project was built in location that is at present totally boxed in by heavy traffic, and the only way for the residents now to use a bike or walk to Tam Junction is to go way down by the Park and Ride to cross the 101 offramp to access the multi use path. What I think should be done is make a lane on Hwy.1 on the southwest side to serve the low income residents of the Fireside Apts..After all, it was supposed to be a bike/pedestrian friendly development, and right now, it is anything but. This may involve some excavation of the hillside, and most likely a drainage and retaining wall to widen Hwy. 1 on that side, and will cost us a considerable amount of money, but it is necessary for the safety of the new residents of Manzanita, as there has never been any residential housing in that area. It seems like the politicians and developers of the Fireside never even considered pedestrian or bike access, just "gitter done, and worry about the details later".
Rico September 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
After seeing the addition of the photos and description of where they were taken, I know more now. I drive through there often, and I noticed that the other side of the road has plenty of room for pedestrians and cyclists all the way from Flamingo to Maple. I know that the law says that bikes should ride in the direction of traffic, but given the minimal clearance in that location, I think that it should be allowed to ride on the side that has the safe clearance like in the photo, even if going opposing traffic. Once again, it is common sense, I certainly would never ride on the north side in that location. I don't know why anyone would. I doubt the Sheriff would give a cyclist for being safe. But I admit, after Maple all the way to Hwy. 128 in Mendocino, there are many places that are not wide enough for a bike lane on either side. So what to do ? Widen Hwy 1 all the way to Leggit where it meets 101 ? Now that will cost some serious money, and environmentalists will surely moan. There was a serious accident a few years ago at W. California and Hwy. 1, a doctor on a bicycle crossed the double yellow line and hit a motorist. Why this happened was never announced publicly, but the good doctor is now a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. The lesson is, if people want to enjoy riding bicycles on Hwy.1, keep your wits about you, and watch out out for motorists. Don't ride like you own the highway, don't attempt any crazy passes, and lookout for number 1 (yourself)
Bill McGee September 03, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Ricardo – it is funny that you bring up the lawsuit filed by SMART because it does not support your theory in any way. In fact it sheds light on the ridiculous nature of your premise. In 2008 the anti-SMART folks were hurting because they got caught lying on their official ballot argument sheet which they submitted for the voter pamphlet. SMART sued to have the false stuff stricken which really ticked off the anti-train folks. If your ‘tunnel width conspiracy story’ had been any sort of real issue, the anti-SMART people would have pounced on it while defending themselves in court against their own lies. It never came up! In fact it has never been mentioned as a question or an issue in the hundreds of news articles published back then. Your accusations (if ever taken seriously) could be damaging to the credibility and reputation of an organization like MCBC. All of this is relevant because you questioned the integrity and credibility of MCBC and whether they “doctored” photos in order to influence the public. We can have fun with this back and forth game but people and an organization can be damaged by your anonymously submitted allegations. Continued next post…
Bill McGee September 03, 2012 at 07:17 AM
It was about 2007 when you first broke out with your charges in the IJ/Topix comment section. You proclaimed that the tunnel was too narrow to fit both the train and the bike path. As time went by and the tunnel opened, the IJ switched to Facebook, your tunnel width conspiracy theory faded…until you revived it this week by questioning the credibility of the photos in this Patch story. I owed this background info to the readers who got caught reading your unsubstantiated allegations. I know you will probably run crying to the editor again claiming I am picking on you. To avoid my ‘picking on you’, stick to factual content. You will find it is easier to defend and you will actually be able to find links to data which will support your argument. Cheers.
Kathy Mcleod September 04, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Wrong way riding isn't working. Anyone and everyone professional knows this. It should never be promoted where there are cross streets entering the road. It is irresponsible. Bike lanes on a main road through a community is all that is needed, not the entire stretch of Hwy 1. The 3 foot law will help the rest of the way.

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