“Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring motorists to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing on a California roadway, after vetoing similar legislation during the last two years,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting
“Assembly Bill 1371, by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, requires motorists to slow down if they can’t give room and makes failing to comply an infraction punishable by a base fine of $35.
“Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2011 and 2012. Last year, the Democratic governor objected to language that would have permitted a motorist to cross a double yellow line to make room for a bicyclist. Brown objected in 2011 to language he said would have required drivers unable to move over to slow to a certain speed, regardless of the speed limit.
“The new bill will take effect in September 2014.
“’I sincerely thank the governor for signing this commonsense measure to protect cyclists on our roads,’ Bradford said in a prepared statement. ‘When cars and bikes collide, it often turns to tragedy. This bill is a great reminder that we all have to work together to keep our roads safe for all users.’
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