For all us folders -- it's about time!!!
I just got this sent to me. California has passed a new law that requires motorists to give a three foot space between themselves and bicyclists. Its about time I say. I hope this and other laws spread like wildfire across the country. Its a step in the right direction. I would like to know, though, how are they are going to enforce that one. Do we as riders call the cops and say, "This guy/gal passed me at 2 1/2 feet. Here's his plate number, now go after him". All I can say is that's its both difficult for us riders and drivers. What I would like them to pass is a law that forbids other idiots from using the bike lane other than cyclists. Just this morning there was a jogger in the bike lane forcing me into traffic so as to get around the creep. There's a sidewalk so why can't these people use it. On many other occasions we get a lot of retired folk that think its a nice lane for going for a stroll. Pass a law to get these people off the bike lanes. I'm not about to made a fuss over it with these people. It isn't worth the aggravation. But I might start riding my bike on the sidewalk in future if this continues, and then let the police try and site me. He/she will get an ear full.
Just thought I would pass this on because there are many drivers out there that don't take riding a bike seriously, let alone those of us in their eyes who think we are on a child's bike because of its smaller size. We do get less respect than those who ride larger frame bikes. I don't think there is any doubt about that, depending, of course, where we live. Here in the #10 rated redneck city in America where I live, that be the case.