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Biker Safety Bill Up for Third Time in California Legislature

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The first version of the bill would have required drivers to slow down to 15 miles-per-hour when passing a bike. The second would have required drivers to cross double yellow lines -- which would otherwise be illegal -- to ensure they gave bikes enough space when passing them on a highway. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed both.  

The latest bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Bradford. 

“This is a way to educate both bicyclists and motorists as to sharing the road," he said. "That’s where bicyclists belong, not on the sidewalk.” 

Bradford says this version would give drivers more discretion as to whether or not they want to cross the lines.If they choose not to, drivers must slow down and keep the required 3 foot distance until they can pass safely. Bradford says he believes his bill addresses the governor’s concerns with the two previous efforts.

It is currently making its way through the State Senate.

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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.   Read Full Bio