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WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE THREE FOOT BUFFER LAW?

Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Sep 16, 2014

"Three Feet for Safety" Law Goes Into Effect Today 09/16/2014.

Under this new law, motorist are required to give at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the cyclist. in cases where this is not possible, motorist must slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and must pass only when doing so will not endanger the cyclist.

I have never seen a cyclist cited for blowing through a stop sign or a red light. But the motorist now better slow down remain behind the cyclist until the cyclist exits the roadway.

Comments (6)

Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Sep 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

@Michael Austin: "Under this new law, motorist are required to give at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the cyclist. in cases where this is not possible, motorist must slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and must pass only when doing so will not endanger the cyclist."

Doesn't seem to be too onerous of a requirement, does it? I can't imagine passing a bicyclist at any significant speed differential with a car if there is less than three feet of clearance space. And as you stated it above, the law even relaxes this requirement in cases where it's not possible to have that much clearance space. Seems like the law is just confirming the basic rules that most responsible motorists have been following all along.


Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

If an undocumented cyclist is hit by a driver, can the cyclist sue an American citizen?

How likely is it that the cyclist will be deported?


Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Will information re: the law be posted in other languages? Which languages?


Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Sep 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

@Cholo: "If an undocumented cyclist is hit by a driver, can the cyclist sue an American citizen? How likely is it that the cyclist will be deported?"

I dunno, Cholo. If an American citizen cyclist is hit by an undocumented driver, can the cyclist sue the driver? How likely is it that the driver will be deported? Please check into all of this and report back to us.


Posted by Confirmed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Dumb law.

Michael hit the nail on the head. I cycle occasionally and follow the rules of the road, but I can't tell you how many times I've seen groups of cyclists blow through stop signs on Foothill and in my area around Happy Valley.

For once I'd like to see the police ticket these guys.


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