California Give Me 3 Bike Law

California_Bike_LawThe “Give Me 3” law promoted by the California Bicycle Coalition will kick into effect Tuesday next week. 

On September 16th, all motorists will be required to give a three-feet buffer when passing cyclists traveling in their lane.

Everyone has questions when a new law is passed. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about the new bike law.

How will this law be enforced?

Law enforcement that observe drivers violating the law three-feet can hand out citations. Drivers that are found at fault after hitting a bicyclist will be cited for violating the law as well.

You can avoid being cited by leaving “an open car door length” between you and the cyclist you are passing. 

How much does the ticket cost?

The base fee for for a violation that doesn’t result in an injury is $35, however, after court and administrative fees, the ticket will set you back $233. The fine for a violation that results in an injury is $959.

Can I pass a cyclist on a narrow road?

If you’re behind a cyclist on a narrow road, you need to slow down and wait until there is at least three feet between you and the cyclist before you pass.

Does the law apply to bicyclists? 

No. The law only applies to motorists passing bikes. There is no penalty for bikes that pass motor vehicles by less than three feet. 

Does the law apply if the cyclist is in a bike lane?

No, the three feet law only comes into effect if you’re passing bike that is in the same lane as you. The bike lane is considered a separate lane.

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Every year about 100 people are killed and almost 11,000 people are injured in California bicycle accidents. The huge weight difference between cars and bicycles, has the potential to cause life changing injuries.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to learn about your rights and options moving forward. At Bergener & Associates, our Los Angeles bike accident attorneys want you to make an informed decision about your case. Call 1-800-881-2021 for your free consultation.