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Jennifer Savage's series on cycling ("The Reluctant Cyclist," Aug. 20 and 27) presents another opportunity to proclaim loudly and widely that California law now requires motorists to allow 3 feet (36 inches) of space between their vehicle and any part of a bicycle that they wish to pass. This means that, regardless of how urgent the motorist feels her or his travel to be, if the 36 inches of space cannot be achieved, the motorist must slow to the speed of the bicycle and wait for a safe opportunity to pass.

Thank the California Legislature for enacting this. Thank bicyclists for helping to prevent greater congestion of roadways. And thank you all for insisting on safe driving.

Chip Sharpe, Bayside

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