Tell Alabama Law Makers: Protect Cyclists By Adopting the Three Foot Law!
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Tell Alabama Law Makers: Protect Cyclists By Adopting the Three Foot Law!

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      Gulf Coast Area Triathletes

Recently Georgia changed its law to provide that motorists passing anyone on a bicycle must pass at a safe distance of three feet (thirty six tiny inches).  This now makes 13 states, including our neighbors in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, which have enacted legislation defining safe passing distance as three feet when drivers are passing a bicyclist as simple life saving provisions for the citizens of their states.  However, right in the middle of the map and standing out is Alabama which refuses to extend the simple protection of thirty six tiny little inches of safety when a large rumbling motor vehicle is passing a small child on a bicycle, a commuter cycling to work or a senior riding a bicycle to volunteer at a hospital.  This MUST change NOW.  The lives of our citizen bicyclists is not a political issue, it is not conservative or liberal.  This is about the safety of everyone regardless of politics, wealth, religion or social status.  This is a human issue.

 

Tell your Governor, Senator and Representative that you want them to support an amendment to the Alabama Code that defines safe passing distance of a bicyclist as three feet.  It is time that Alabama provide the same safety for Alabama bicyclists that all of our neighbors provide for their bicyclists.  It is time to protect our children, our commuters, our recreational and competitive cyclists, our seniors, our families, and every human being who rides a bicycle in Alabama for whatever reason.  It is time to recognize that people on bicycles are vulnerable to harm from large vehicles and that drivers owe a special duty to take care of those who would suffer more in a collision.  This is one small step toward making our streets safer and more complete for users of all kinds whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, young or old, urban or rural.  Please help us take this first vital step toward change.  It is not the responsibility of the cyclist to avoid being hit by the driver; it is the driver's responsibility to avoid hitting the cyclist, pedestrian or child.  Make them responsible to pass safely.

 

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    • Jac St. John FLORENCE, AL
      • about 3 years ago

      This should change now.

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    • Ken Johnson SCOTTSBORO, AL
      • about 3 years ago
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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      I recently read that Georgia now protects their bicyclists by requiring drivers pass at a safe distance of three feet (thirty six tiny inches). Then I saw a map showing 13 states, including our neighbors in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, which have three foot safe passing laws as simple safety provisions for their citizen bicyclists. However, I was shocked and embarrassed that right in the middle of the map is Alabama which refuses to extend the simple protection of thirty six tiny little inches of safety when a large rumbling motor vehicle is passing a small child on a bicycle, a commuter cycling to work or a senior riding a bicycle to volunteer at a hospital. You must support a change now. You must protect Alabama’s children, adults and seniors by recognizing their vulnerability and giving them safe passing distance!

      Please support the simple amendment to the Alabama Code that defines safe passing distance of a bicyclist as three feet so that Alabama can join its neighbors and the growing number of other US states that protects its citizen bicyclists. Show that you care enough about our children, our commuters, our recreational and competitive cyclists, our seniors, our families, and every human being who rides a bicycle in Alabama to give them this simple yet significant measure of safety that could save their life! Do not let the impatience of drivers be your excuse to place vulnerable and fragile human bodies at risk. Drivers owe a special duty to take care of those who would suffer more in a collision, make them responsible to pass safely. Please do not play politics with the lives of our children, adults and seniors. This is not a Democrat, Republican or Independent issue. This is an issue about life and safety; come together on this for the sake of all of Alabama.

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    • Beth Huffmaster BAY MINETTE, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      I've recently began cycling in March 2011.... I have almost been hit 4 times!!! Way too close for comfort! We don't want to be a nusance. If nothing else give us a wide enough shoulder to ride on. We will GLADLY stay out of the road!

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    • Marla Brewer ANDALUSIA, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      This law should be passed not only for bicycles but should also apply to motorcycles.

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