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Updated: 02/16/2014 08:04:04PM

3-foot rule applies when passing bike

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This sign is a reflection of a Florida law that states motorists must leave at least three feet between them and a bicyclist when passing a bicyclist on the roadway.


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The Florida State Legislature was one of the first in the nation to recognize that bicyclists needed an added measure of safety.

In 2006, a law [316.083] was passed, stating in part, “The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or non-motorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle.”

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