Robert Bush 11:18 p.m., May 25
Cyclists Push for Safety
Cyclists across the city and around the state are pushing for cooperation from authorities and legislation that will improve the safety of bicycle transit in urban areas.
At the local level, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition met last week with various San Diego Police Department representatives to voice concerns over bicycle safety, especially concerning sharing roadways when riding near the curb is impractical. The meeting resulted in a memorandum refreshing officers on the law being issued by assistant chief Boyd Long of Patrol Operations. The memorandum is currently posted on BikeSD.org’s website.
Statewide, SB 910 has passed in the Senate and is awaiting approval on the Assembly floor. The measure would change existing law to require motorists overtaking a cyclist to give a minimum three feet of clearance when passing. Failure to comply would result in a $35 fine, or $220 if the cyclist crashes and sustains injury as a result of unsafe passing. Full text of the bill is available here.
Cyclists welcome the addition of the three-foot rule, as they frequently have to contend with car doors unexpectedly swinging open when traversing crowded streets between moving and parked cars.