Share the road, y’all

Special plateNot much good emerged from the recently concluded 81st biennial session of the Texas Legislature, but cyclists can take some solace in Senate Bill 488, which would make it a misdemeanor for motorists to drive too near to cyclists and other “vulnerable” road users.
Safe passing chartAccording to this morning’s Star-Telegram, the key provision of the bill says that a “driver must vacate the lane that the vulnerable road user is in if the highway has at least two lanes in the same direction; or pass the vulnerable road user at a safe distance, defined as three feet for a car or light truck and six feet for commercial vehicles.”
An offender would face fines from $500 to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail, depending on the severity of the violation.
Car passingOne of the three co-authors of Senate Bill 488 was rookie Sen. Wendy Davis, a cyclist, runner, former Fort Worth city councilwoman and neighbor. Gov. Rick Perry has until June 21 to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. It would take effect Sept. 1.


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