May is Bike Month

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Active Living & Healthy Eating | 0 comments

man on a bike

So I know it’s a little late to be mentioning this, but did you know that May was National Bike Month? The week of May 14-18 as Bike to Work Week and May 18th was Bike to Work Day. There were activities all over the state that people could be involved in. So mark your calendars for May next year!

On a related note though, the state of Nebraska has passed LB 1030, which dictates that motorists must give cyclists and pedestrians a three-foot safe passing distance. So what does this mean? I’ll quote it for you:

“The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device proceeding in the same direction shall exercise due care, which shall include, but not be limited to, leaving a safe distance of no less than three feet clearance, when applicable, when passing a a bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device.” LB 1030 

In English then: If you’re out driving and you come up on some on a bicycle going the same direction of you and you want to pass around them, you have to give them a three foot clearance on all sides as you’re passing.

What do you think? Does this excessive to you? Dangerous? Is it what you’re already doing anyway?

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