December 04, 2008
3 Measely Feet! Is That to Much to Ask For From Motorists?
Cars, SUV's, RV's, Busses, and Trucks, OH, MY!!
No matter how safe a cyclist you are, no matter how properly you share the road with the 4 to 18-Wheeler Majority, the problem of how close, is too close, is a daily concern to Recreational Cyclists, and Bike Commuters, alike.
The US states with "3 Foot Laws" are: Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Oregon, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, South Carolina, Washington, Oklahoma, and Maine...other states aren't far behind.
What can people in the other 36 states, and in countries around the world, do to influence others to get on board?
How about making the point with a bold, and clear, FASHION STATEMENT?
Joe Mizereck thought that was a brilliant idea! ;-D
The 3 Feet Please Campaign and Cycling Jersey were born!
The battle for space between cyclists and motorists is intensifying--worldwide. And the need for space has never been greater. More must be done to educate motorists of the importance of sharing our roads and giving cyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing.
As a cyclist who spends a lot of time on the roads in traffic I have experienced numerous close calls. After one frustrating ride I decided to act. I designed a jersey with the words "3 Feet Please" on the back. I shared this idea with several fellow cyclists who thought this could make a difference.
I, too, think it will help.
If nothing else it will get the attention of those we share the road with.
Oh, and, um, if not...when you are flattened from behind, by that SUV, and the cops show up to question the person driving the thing, they can ask him/her if they noticed the words on the shirt you were wearing. ;-D
Check out the website of the 3 Feet Please Worldwide Campaign.
On the Media Page of the website is an amazing 5 min. video report by Fox News in Wisconsin with footage that will blow you away.
Jeff Frings is an ordinary cyclist, and he’s tired of being treated unfairly on the roadways.
His experiences show it’s not just ordinary motorists who put us at risk, it’s municipal workers and even police officers.
So he mounted a couple of video cameras to his bike and put together a blog.
Check out Jeff's Bike Blog for more information.
On his blog Jeff makes this important point:
He, and Joe, are not alone:
Whatever they are doing, the point is they are doing something.
I commend anyone who is trying to make the situation better.
I would also urge anyone who is doing something to talk to your local media about your efforts.
I think educating the public is the key to improving the situation.
To all those who've had enough and decided it's time to do something, thanks and keep up the good work.
As for my own humble efforts, I have a whole archive of personal investigative reports, photos, and reports on other stories: Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters!
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All the roads in my community are required by law to accomodate bikes.
They are engineered a little wider in both directions, specifically for that purpose.
Posted by: John | Dec 12, 2008 2:13:33 PM
I'm very glad to say that I'm rarely in a situation in this country where a vehicle passes nearer than 6 feet. New cycle paths are required to have a 3 metre (10 feet) gap between them and the road.
The feeling of subjective safety is very much enhanced by not having motor vehicles pass close by. This is of course what is required to get people to cycle, and the result is that nearly a third of all journeys in the Netherlands are by bike - and that much higher figures are seen in the cities (up to 60 % of journeys are by bike in some areas).
Posted by: David Hembrow | Dec 26, 2008 10:28:59 AM