One-in-Six Motorists Pass Cyclists Illegally in Baltimore

The Law Says At Least 3 Feet are Necessary to Pass

Back in 2010, Maryland passed a law requiring motorists to give cyclists at least 3 feet of room while passing (which should be common sense...). But according to a study by reserachers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (that's a mouthful), too many drivers don't follow the law and endanger cyclists. The study also found that bike lanes make a significant difference, which is something that we knew from experience, but is always good to be able to support quantitatively.

Here are some key findings of the groundbreaking study:

  • Overall, bike lanes in Baltimore improve cyclist safety
  • Without bike lanes, drivers had trouble sharing the road with cyclists
  • One in six Baltimore drivers, or about 17 percent, violated the 3-foot law
  • Researchers found a 20 percent increase in motorist adherence to the 3-foot law for bike lane streets compared to standard streets

The full study can be found here.

Via Baltimorevelo, Streetsblog

See also: Congress, Please Don't Cut Funding for Bike and Pedestrian Programs

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