A state law aimed at improving safety for bicyclists goes into effect Tuesday. The “Three Feet for Safety” law requires motorists basing a cyclist to maintain a distance of at least three feet. Currently the law requires only a “safe distance,” which isn’t defined.
If a motorist isn’t able to pass a cyclist while maintaining a three-foot distance from the cyclist, he or she must slow down and keep a safe distance behind the cyclist, passing only when it is possible to maintain the three-foot distance.
Violators will face a $35 fine for violating the “three-feet safety” rule and are liable for a fine of $220 if there is an actual collision with a cyclist.
The “three-feet-safety” requirement also applies to car passing a cyclist who is in a bike lane. The law doesn’t apply to cyclists who are passing cars.