The Law Says At Least 3 Feet are Necessary to PassBack 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.