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  • womenstriclub
    As you read this, SB 910, which will amend CA Vehicle Code Section 21750 and add Section 21750.1, is on Governor Brown s table and awaiting his decisions --
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2011
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      As you read this, SB 910, which will amend CA Vehicle Code Section 21750 and add Section 21750.1, is on Governor Brown's table and awaiting his decisions -- "to sign or to veto"" --

      SB 910, the "Safe Passage" or "Give Me 3" legislation, will, if signed into law, make California the 18th state to require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing them from behind in the same lane --

      The 17 other stated with a three feet law are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin --

      Presently, the CA Vehicle Code only states that a motor vehicle has to pass other vehicles and bicyclists at a "safe distance" -- without defining what "safe distance" means -- and that it is the responsibility of the motor vehicle to pass at a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle -- SB 910 will clarify what "safe distance" means --

      SB 910 will prohibit a motor vehicle from overtaking or passing a bicycle at a distance of less than three feet -- which also helps eliminate the argument as to who was at fault in accidents where the cyclist was rear-ended or side-swept -- as the three feet rules leaves plenty of margin for error on both sides without it resulting in an accident --

      SB 910 also requires that motor vehicles slow down to no greater then 15 mph where circumstance does not allow for a three feet clearance --

      SB 910 will allow a motor vehicle to drive on the left side of double parallel solid lines or double parallel lines, one of which is broken, to pass cyclists on roads with a substandard width lane (as defined in CA VC Sec. 21202) --

      Combining SB 910 with CA VC's Sec. 22350 (Basic Speed Law) -- it helps define what will be considered an "endangering" situation --

      CA VC Section 22350: No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property -- underscoring that speed is defined in terms of safety -- not in terms of what is possible or usual --


      SB 910 is also in line with the 2008 California Compete Streets Act that requires that roadways be designed to safely accommodate all users -- not just motor vehicles as it was the case in the past --


      A former version of this bill -- AB 60 of 2008 -- which would also have made it a misdemeanor or felony if the person operating the motor vehicle in violation of the three feet requirement caused great bodily harm to the bicycle operator -- died in the Assembly Transportation Committee --


      This being a car loving state, many organizations are lobbying hard to defeat SB 910 -- most noting that it would inconvenience drivers and unnecessary delay the flow of traffic -- indicating that they feel that passing a cyclist with a car or truck at regular motor vehicle speed with less than a 3-foot margin can be done safely --

      The text of SB 910 -- http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0901-0950/sb_910_bill_20110325_amended_sen_v98.html --

      At "Total Capitol.com" -- see details about how the bill took shape -- http://totalcapitol.com/?bill_id=201120120SB910 --



      You can put your two cents in -- by visiting the governor's web page's -- http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php --


      :)
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