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  • 3 Feet for Safety

  • What is the Act?

    Beginning September 16, 2014, drivers must give people riding bikes at least 3 feet of clearance when passing in the same direction.

    The new law, AB-1371, is designed to reduce car-bicycle crashes by reminding drivers to give bicyclists more safe space when passing.

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  • I Give 3 Feet. It’s the Law.

    Hundreds of people are killed and many more are injured nationwide each year. Many of these injuries and deaths are preventable. If drivers follow the new 3-feet passing law, the risk for potential accidents drops dramatically.

    Safety Tips for Drivers and Bike Riders

    Drivers:

    • Slow down near bicyclists
    • Pay attention and avoid driving distractions
    • Look for bicyclists before opening your car door
    • Be aware of oncoming Bicyclists when making a left turn
    • Check your blind spot for bicyclists before turning right
    • Test your driving safety IQ!

    Bicyclists:

    • Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it
    • Ride with a white front light at night
    • Be visible. Don’t hug the curb and ride in a straight line
    • Be predictable and use hand signals
    • Stop at red lights and stop signs
    • Ride 3-5 feet to the left of parked cars to avoid opening doors
    • Test your bike safety IQ!

    Resources

    Let’s make Orange County a safer place to bike and drive! Download posters, fact sheets or send an email to request a window cling and help us spread the word about the 3 Feet for Safety Act.

    It's the Law

    I Give 3 Feet. It’s the Law.

    Hundreds of people are killed and many more are injured nationwide each year. Many of these injuries and deaths are preventable. If drivers follow the new 3-feet passing law, the risk for potential accidents drops dramatically.

    Safety Tips

    Safety Tips for Drivers and Bike Riders

    Drivers:

    • Slow down near bicyclists
    • Pay attention and avoid driving distractions
    • Look for bicyclists before opening your car door
    • Be aware of oncoming Bicyclists when making a left turn
    • Check your blind spot for bicyclists before turning right
    • Test your driving safety IQ!

    Bicyclists:

    • Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it
    • Ride with a white front light at night
    • Be visible. Don’t hug the curb and ride in a straight line
    • Be predictable and use hand signals
    • Stop at red lights and stop signs
    • Ride 3-5 feet to the left of parked cars to avoid opening doors
    • Test your bike safety IQ!
    Campaign Resources

    Resources

    Let’s make Orange County a safer place to bike and drive! Download posters, fact sheets or send an email to request a window cling and help us spread the word about the 3 Feet for Safety Act.

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