A new cyclist safety law, known as the “Three Feet for Safety” law, goes into effect today.

Under the new law, motorists are required by law to give at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the cyclist. In cases where this is not possible, motorists must slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and must pass only when doing so will not endanger the cyclist.

The CHP has issued some safety tips for complying with the new law.

For bicyclists:
– Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
– Obey all traffic laws. Cyclists are subject to the same laws and fines as motor vehicles.
– Be predictable, be visible, stay alert at all times.
– When traveling slower than other traffic, allow faster traffic to pass when safe.

For motorists:
– Watch out for bicyclists. Cyclists have the right to use all roads except where specifically excluded (freeways, etc.)
– Give at least three feet when passing, or slow down to a reasonable and safe speed.
– Be patient. If a roadway is too narrow for a cyclist to share with a vehicle, the cyclist has the right to ride in the center of the roadway.