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3 Feet For Safety Act


What is the 3 Feet for Safety Act?

Beginning September 16, 2014, drivers must give people riding bikes at least 3 feet of clearance when passing in the same direction.

The new law, AB-1371, is designed to reduce car-bicycle crashes by reminding drivers to give bicyclists more safe space when passing.

I Give 3 Feet. It’s the Law.

Hundreds of people are killed and many more are injured nationwide each year. Many of these injuries and deaths are preventable. If drivers follow the new 3-feet passing law, the risk for potential accidents drops dramatically.

Safety Tips for Drivers and Bike Riders


  • Slow down near bicyclists
  • Pay attention and avoid driving distractions
  • Look for bicyclists before opening your car door
  • Be aware of oncoming Bicyclists when making a left turn
  • Check your blind spot for bicyclists before turning right
    Test your driving safety IQ!


  • Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it
  • Ride with a white front light at night
  • Be visible. Don’t hug the curb and ride in a straight line
  • Be predictable and use hand signals
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs
  • Ride 3-5 feet to the left of parked cars to avoid opening doors
    Test your driving safety IQ!


Let’s make Orange County a safer place to bike and drive! Download posters, fact sheets or send an email to request a window cling and help us spread the word about the 3 Feet for Safety Act.

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