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Letter: A 3-foot variance for bicycles on the road is not practical

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 am

Now that Gov. “Moonbeam” has signed it into law, a 3-foot variance must be observed between anyone riding a bicycle and an automobile. Evidently he has never ridden a bike on the back roads of San Joaquin County.

Take, for instance, roads that are so narrow that two cars must be very observant when passing each other. Now add a bike to the equation, plus an added three feet. Someone will have to yield. Turner, Sargent and Armstrong roads, for instance, are very narrow. There’s just not enough room for two cars and a bike.

I do support bike riding, but on roads that have a designated lane for bikes. I have at times observed three riders riding three abreast that refuse to move over. Evidently they are not aware of the California Vehicle Code stating that one rider must ride as close as possible to the side of the road, single file.

Oh, and by the way, when is the last time you saw a bike rider stop at a posted stop sign? What’s next, bikes on I-5 and Highway 99?

Ed Walters


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