3 Feet Please
For the last few years, StemCAPtain has sponsored a ride in Georgia called the Blazing Saddles Century. The race is put on by the West Georgia Flyers cycling club, and this year the number participants is climbing past the 500 mark. Congrats to the Flyers for their success! StemCAPtain is happy to do its small part to support their cause. One of the race organizers mentioned a recent bill that was passed in GA this spring, establishing a law that requires motorists to maintain at least 3 feet of space when passing a bicycle. I thought that this was a great idea, and looked into it a little more. The $35 fine seems a little low when you consider what is at stake. It goes up to $220 if a collision occurs, which, um.. seems a little low too. But, this is much better than nothing!
It turns out that 18 states now have similar laws in effect. I was happy to see that my home state of Colorado was on the list. Now, whether it is being enforced or not is another story! But at least this is a step in the right direction, and I hope to see other states adopt similar policies soon. Kudos to Georgia for being one of the most recent states to adopt a 3 foot passing law.