The state law requiring motorists to give bicyclists a 3-foot clearance has prompted comments critical of bicyclists, claiming they don’t pay vehicle fees and that drivers are inconvenienced by the new law, finding it “impossible” to give the required clearance and declaring outrage that some bicyclists do not follow the vehicle code.
I am irked, too, when I see motorists causing unsafe conditions by driving over the speed limit, failing to signal and, on two occasions, deliberately swerving towards bicyclists to scare them. But they are not my enemy.
I am inconvenienced when I follow a loaded trailer full of cattle going slowly up a steep grade where it is impossible to pass. And in the same way, drivers will have to go slowly behind a bicyclist when they can’t give a 3-foot clearance until it’s safe to pass.
The hundred bicyclists I know own cars and pay vehicle fees.
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I think we need to accept the truth that the bicyclist is operating a vehicle with all the rights and responsibilities of the car driver.
We should work together to create a safe driving/riding experience for everyone traveling on our roads.
This new law and more bike lanes will help.