3 Foot Bike Buffer Zone in California

3 Foot Bike Buffer Zone in California

The State of California instituted a law, “Three Feet for Safety Act,” on September 16, 2014 requiring drivers to give bicyclists a  3 foot buffer zone while passing them or the motorists will receive a $35 fee. In addition, if there is not enough room for the driver to move over 3 feet, the driver must slow down to a “reasonable and prudent” speed and wait for it to be safe for them to pass the cyclist.

California is the 24th state to institute a 3-foot passing law. The law, however, is not well known among motorists. New signs were created so that drivers will know the law.


In addition, members of the California Bicycle Coalition have been using the hashtags #IGive3Ft or #GiveMe3 on their social media sites and bumper stickers for cars that say “I Give 3 Feet.” The goal of these promotions is to create awareness of bicycle safety among residents of the state of California. It is a really great social media campaign for promoting bicycle safety.

What do you think about this?

Rebecca Hertz


Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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