CABO Supports Safe Passing Bill, AB 1371

September 2nd, 2013

AB 1371 Sept 2013 Governor

The effort to reduce close, fast passing of people on bikes by people in cars that sometimes initiates a crash, often endangers the bicyclists, and too often discourages people from using a bicycle at all in normal traffic is facing a third try with Assembly Bill 1371. CABO is acting to support this latest version despite controversy about its likely effectiveness. On balance we think passage of the bill will be helpful. A more thorough explanation of our reasoning for support will be posted soon. Meanwhile, we encourage those in agreement to communicate to Governor Brown that you request that he sign the bill into law.

  1. September 13th, 2013 at 09:19 | #1

    >CABO is acting to support this latest version despite controversy about its likely effectiveness.

    I’m not aware of any “controversy” about effectiveness. As I understand the bill, it is about raising awareness about the need to pass safely, and attempts to quantify what is a general safe-passing margin. Where that margin is impractical, it defaults to a judgment. And the penalties are quite modest. Most importantly, the bill creates a violation for bodily injury arising from safe passing. Where’s the controversy?

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