Letter to the Editor

Bike-passing law

TempletonJanuary 23, 2014 

There are plenty of laws taking effect this year that we can do without. However, one of the most asinine is the one requiring motorists to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance before passing them. Narrow, two-lane roads with no shoulders and few places to legally pass are going to experience occasional traffic backups because of this. Drivers will be afraid to swing wide for fear of crossing the center line, and they will stay behind the bicyclist at slow speeds, backing up traffic.

In my experience, many bicyclists do not use common sense, riding on the white fog line, even with 8 to 10 feet of shoulder available. They would rather risk becoming a hood ornament on a Peterbilt than possibly getting a flat tire in the occasional debris near the right edge of the shoulder.

A law that would make more sense would be one banning bicyclists from roadways that did not have at least a 3-foot shoulder, and when using the shoulder, they should be at least 3 feet from the traffic lane.

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