SACRAMENTO — The state Senate has approved a bill that would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when they are passing in the same direction.
Lawmakers approved AB1371 by Democratic Assemblyman Steven Bradford of Gardena on a 31-7 vote Monday, despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a nearly identical bill last year.
The governor had said he is worried about the possibility of increased crashes if drivers cross the center line or slow down too much to pass cyclists.
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who carried the bill in the Senate, said California is one of 32 states that have so-called “safe distance laws” to protect bicyclists, but at least 22 states specify the three-foot buffer as a safe distance.