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3 Feet for Safety

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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


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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