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3 Foot Law

3 Foot Law

Barry Childress has done a very nice job of getting to the meat of the matter with the new 3 Foot Law.
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article. … 5122814769

It's difficult to know how drivers in general will respond to the new law. I definitely believe that focused analysis of what's going on is important, but most drivers will have a very blunt (if any) understanding of the new law. I am hoping that the vast majority of drivers will interpret the law in its most basic terms: cars give bikes 3ft when passing. When this applies or does not apply will likely be a long learning curve.

My commutes this week have not been significantly different, but I am getting a smidge more space during passes. Unfortunately (for me), the distance of the pass is less important than the driving speeds and driver attentiveness.

Anybody else getting a different vibe on the road since the law went into effect?

Edited by: Bob Wagner - Oct-06-10 10:33 am

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Re: 3 Foot Law

This weekend I noticed almost no driver cellphone activity, but each day I see a few more cellphone users who are "driving".
Hard to judge on the passing room.  Some drivers will always give room and then there are the rest.
Yesterday we had one big pickup which was oncoming go off the road to give us extra room (more than we needed).  And we also had an intentional harassingly close pass by a driver.

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Re: 3 Foot Law

Steve Zeldin wrote:

This weekend I noticed almost no driver cellphone activity, but each day I see a few more cellphone users who are "driving".

Yesterday, I had one guy "asleep at the wheel" at a green light (i.e., so engrossed in his cell phone conversation that he didn't notice the traffic light change). The phone was in his hand.

Further up the road, I spied two more drivers driving and using a hand-held cell phone.  So,... what's changed?

This was on Putty Hill that then becomes Ridge Rd once you cross over Belair Rd.  The traffic light was the one at the intersection of Putty Hill and Belair.  The other two cell phone users/drivers were on the Ridge Rd side of that road.

2011 mileage=17,344 miles;2012 mileage=11,414 miles; 2013 mileage=12,169 miles; 2014 mileage=5,156 miles; 2015  mileage=6,200 miles; 2016 mileage=17,503 miles; 2017 mileage=4,454 miles;2018 mileage=6,749 miles;2019 mileage=4,139 miles;

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