New laws might increase safety for bicyclists

June 28, 2011 6:50:11 PM PDT
Lawmakers in Sacramento want to make it safer for bicyclists to share the road with cars. You may notice how bikes and cars can come awfully close when they pass each other on the roadway.

A bill in the state assembly would require drivers to leave a three-foot buffer zone as they pass bicycles. Drivers could even cross a double yellow line if necessary and not get a ticket.

The bill received both praise and criticism.

"Drivers sometimes don't recognize even the wind draft or the noise or the fear factor that children and people going to school would have with a big vehicle passing them," said Bill Burton,

"The majority of bike-involved fatalities with our vehicles, the vast majority, are the fault of the bicyclist," said Barry Broad, a teamster.

The bill won approval in the transportation committee and is on before the full assembly.

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