I can't get past the comment that a cyclist forced a motorist to make an incredibly stupid pass on a blind curve. It's such an ingrained thought among some drivers. Take the comments of an Assembly Member about AB 60, which would establish a 3-foot passing distance:
Opponents argue AB 60 would create unintended consequences in a state stretching hundreds of miles, with roads generally 11 or 12 feet wide, not counting shoulders or parking slots.
"I think the objective is admirable," said Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. "But I just don't think our roads are wide enough to accommodate what they're trying to do."
Huff said the math doesn't add up: A 2-foot-wide bicycle, a 7-foot-wide car and a 3-foot-wide buffer zone can't squeeze into an 11-foot lane and would cram a 12-foot lane.
AB 60 could solve one safety problem by creating another, forcing cars routinely to cross center lines into oncoming traffic to honor the 3-foot buffer, critics say.
Seriously! It's been the rule since the Romans that the overtaking vehicle has the duty to pass safely.