Two Bicyclists Killed By Motorists Since Safe Passing Law Vetoed
The LAist: Two Bicyclists Killed By Motorists Since Safe Passing Law Vetoed, Activist Tells Governor, 'Their Blood Is On Your Hands'
One advocate Ted Rogers at Biking in LA has written an open letter to the governor, requesting that he hold a summit with the bicyclists to discuss their grievances with him and to rethink the impact of his veto:
Since the governor's veto, two bicyclists have been hit by motorists and Rogers believes the vetoed bill could have played a role in preventing their deaths:
At the time of his veto, Brown said after talking to the CHP and Caltrans, he was worried about a provision that would require motorists who had to pass closer than three feet to slow down to 15 mph: "On streets with speed limits of 35 to 40 mph, slowing to 15mph to pass a bicycle could cause rear-end collisions. On other roads, a bicycle may travel at or near 15 mph, creating a long line of cars behind the cyclist."
That reaction baffled advocates and the bill's author Sen. Alan Lowenthal, who said the 15 mph was created to allow motorists to pass a cyclist at a close range safely. SF.Streetsblog said that Brown's worst fears about the law were not realized in the other states where it passed.