Of all bike deaths in California the biggest cause, 40%, are hit from behind wrecks. This law will start to address this problem. I respect Gary Altos comments, and notice most truckers skillfully do make space where they can. Three feet is not much space, yet to share the road with confidence we cyclist need this vehicle code change.
As you can see from above some people think I should have no space at all! I don't understand people who think roads are all theirs. The public space is for all folks, pedestrians, riders, car users, trucks, others. Respectful road behavior is the intent of this bill, and has the support of the CHP, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, Humbolt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association, and over a hundred out of the area organizations.
I thank Cherokee, the trucker from Joe Costa trucking in Arcata, who taught me to drive semi trucks on time and safely around cyclist or other small road users by backing off the throttle for three seconds before passing, thus giving time for both to find three feet on narrow roads. This trucker practice works, try slowing your car for three seconds sometime, you will notice how the space and time and control of you vehicle improves.
Ask Mike if he can be helpful to appropriate funds for a bicycles as transportation. The Library Bikes example can be one of these example programs. The funds have been approved in the 2005 energy bill signed by Bush, but have not been appropriated. Here is the reminder description:
(2005 Energy Bill)
Section 755 establishes the “Conserve by Bicycling Program” in DOT. The program creates up to ten pilot programs designed to encourage bicycle use in place of motor vehicles. At least 20 percent of the cost of each project must be provided by non-Federal sources. Furthermore the National Academy of Sciences must submit to Congress a report on the feasibility of converting motor vehicle trips to bicycle trips and on the pilot programs. $6.2 million is authorized to these programs, of which $5.15 million is for pilot projects, $300,000 is for program costs, and $750,000 is for the study.|
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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