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Old 02-22-12, 11:35 AM   #1
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Largo, FL, rider getting the word out about the "3 foot passing" rule.

Nice article about a guy taking the word to the streets regarding the FL law as it relates to passing bicycles safely.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...rivers/1216409
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Old 02-22-12, 11:39 AM   #2
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The problem with "Three Feet Please" is that is all some motorists feel they should give to cyclists... not 3 feet between the cyclist and the motor vehicle plus the room the cyclist is already taking...

Three Feet Please implies that cyclists only need three feet of room on the road, and that just ain't right.

STAY AWAY THREE FEET is a better message.
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I have a better idea -- we cyclists need half the right lane. Period. Forget 3 feet, 4 feet (PA), or any measurement, since too many men can't see an inch or two of height, or of............... And too many women can't read a map, partly because 1"= 50 mi. just doesn't translate.

Half of a lane is easy to see. Of course, then there's the issue of getting motorists to PAY ATTENTION.
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A cyclist reall y needs only 3 feet for the instant any car is for the most part alongside of them. A motorist can see and anticipate coming up on a cyclist, make a safe pass and continue on. Sometimes a sustained burst to get away and clear where a cylist might even catch back up but all motorists must realize that and if it takes actually doing the speed limit to get away and allow other motorists to get away then so be it. Too ofyen I've seen a car barely get around a cyclist and that's it, they slow back down and nobody else can do the speed limit to clear the area.
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I was at an all-day bike symposium in Annapolis(MD) yesterday at the state capitol building. The issue of the three-foot was mentioned by several 'presenters'(that is what the Bike Maryland Exec. Dir. referred to them as). It was mentioned that some members of law enforcement (still)don't know about the three-foot law that was passed in 2010. Despite the law having been mentioned in all the media outlets. Chief Manley of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police was there. Since he was at the symposium, I asked him about, his putting the word out(if he had not already done so) to his officers about the three foot law. Chief Manley also acknowledged that many citizens are oblivious to the existence of the law. That is when I told him, because of that 'ignorance', is why I 'take the lane'. He fully understood my position and had no problem with it. Greg Slater of the State HIghway Administration who was one of the 'presenters', told me the same thing.
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The problem with "Three Feet Please" is that is all some motorists feel they should give to cyclists... not 3 feet between the cyclist and the motor vehicle plus the room the cyclist is already taking...

Three Feet Please implies that cyclists only need three feet of room on the road, and that just ain't right.

STAY AWAY THREE FEET is a better message.
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I have a better idea -- we cyclists need half the right lane. Period. Forget 3 feet, 4 feet (PA), or any measurement, since too many men can't see an inch or two of height, or of............... And too many women can't read a map, partly because 1"= 50 mi. just doesn't translate.

Half of a lane is easy to see. Of course, then there's the issue of getting motorists to PAY ATTENTION.
That and we need to teach motorists that just because they see a white stripe down the right side of the road that the space to the right of said line is NOT a bike lane. A bike lane has signs on the edge of the road and specific markings painted on the road to indicate that the space is a bike lane.

I had the driver of a red pickup truck yell at me to get into the bike lane when there were no markings to indicate that it was anything other than a shoulder.

At least this driver didn't threaten me with his car like a few have this past year.
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