LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Drivers will be required to stay at least three feet from passing bicyclists under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday.
The proposal from Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, is intended to better protect cyclists from aggressive drivers. It states that if drivers cannot leave three feet of space, they must slow down and pass only when it would not endanger the cyclist’s safety.
The law will go into effect Sept. 16, 2014. Current law requires a driver to keep a safe distance when passing a bicyclist but does not specify how far that is.
“It really is an educational tool. It basically sets a very very clear standard, so that when there is an issue the rule is very clear,” Eric Bruins, the Planning and Policy Director at the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition told KNX1070. “It requires special training like any other law, but it’s pretty obvious when you pass less than three feet. It’s when the cyclist is usually very visually startled by it.”