[Death and Taxes] California has a new law going into effect on September 16 known as the 3 Feet for Safety rule, which says that drivers must allow at least three feet of safe space around bikers at all times when passing them on the roads. If the requisite space isn’t available, drivers must slow down behind bikers and wait until they can pass when “no danger is present.”
The rule’s ambiguity is already bothering some who think assessing three feet of space while on the move will be difficult to enforce. By way of example, check out the video below—the car can clearly see cops behind him and doesn’t want to pass. He’s going to be there all day.
There’s nothing about this story that surprises me. It doesn’t surprise me that it’s those fucking nutbags out in California who thought this was a good idea. It doesn’t surprise me that it’s already causing the most absurd traffic jams I’ve ever seen. And it for SURE doesn’t shock me that bicyclists are already blatantly taking advantage of this dumbfuck law to sit in the middle of road going about a half mile per hour with a big fat helmet cam on their head so they can IMMEDIATELY report anyone who only leaves them 35 inches when passing.
Really, this is all about the same thing every bicyclist-related story is about: attention. That’s all they want. Watch that video up there. How easy would it be for that bicyclist to pull over to the side of the road for literally 30 seconds so the huge line of cars behind him can pass? The answer is TOO easy. But no, Timmy Tenspeed would rather just keep chugging along as slow as humanly possible, no doubt smugly smiling as he knows he’s imposing his selfish whims and desires on the scores of people at his mercy. It’s sickening. Absolutely sickening. But that’s who these people are. They’re the little dickheads who used to tattle on you for “being mean” if they were too slow to catch you playing tag.
This is what we’re reduced to in places like California, where those in charge would rather slow all of the traffic in the state down to a crawl than face the wrath of a couple pedal jockeys in leotards. Bicyclists can’t handle the high speed world we live in, so their only move is to bring the rest of us down to their speed. And the state government of California is only too happy to shackle our ankles and hand the bicyclists the key. For shame, California. For shame, America.Follow @footstepsfaIco