Due to the significant number of bicyclist fatalities and injuries that occur as a result of accidents with motorists, bicyclists in many states, including New Jersey, are demanding the adoption of a Three-Feet Law. The Three-Feet Law (herein referred to as “3 Foot Law”) requires motorists approaching a bicyclist traveling in the same direction to provide a minimum passing distance of three lateral feet between the vehicle and the bicyclist. Although some advocates are in opposition to the 3 Foot Law, many advocates vehemently support it, believing that the “minimum” distance is critical to protecting bicyclists. Justification for additional protection has also been shown in recent studies.
Read full report: The 3′ Law: Lessons Learned from a National Analysis of State Policies and Interviews (2013)