3-foot passing bill updates for WA, VA and OK

Both the League of American Bicyclists and the Bicycle Alliance (supported by the Cascade Bicycle Club) supported this bill in Olympia. The 3-foot passing law will again fail in our state legislature.

Whether you think that is a good thing or not depends upon where you stand in the on-going debate be those who promote facilities for cycling and those who promote vehicular cycling.

No one objected to encoding a safe passing distance of 3 feet which became 5 feet at speeds greater than 35mph. The objection was to the language that seemed to make riding a bike path mandatory and seemed to limit the cyclist’s right to “take-a-lane” at his own discretion.

Many league instructors were dismayed by the leagues support of this legislation since it made significant trade-offs to gain the dubious benefit of a safe-passing law rather difficult to enformce.


The Washington bill to require motorists to give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing (expanded to 5 feet at 35 mph or above) has been tabled at the request of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington because of other controversial aspects of the legislation.

via Biking Bis – Bicycle Touring and More :: 3-foot passing bill updates for WA, VA and OK.

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