Three Feet

Question

Linda asked: If a bicyclist is in the bike lane and a car is in the car lane – is there a distance that the car must stay away from the bicyclist? (i.e. in Maine, the car must stay at least 36″ away from the bike in the bike lane). Is there a similar distance requirement in Florida?

Answer

A driver of any vehicle must stay at least 3 feet from a bicyclist when passing, whether the cyclist is in a bike or not.

s. 316.083 – Overtaking and Passing a Vehicle

The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction ….

(1) …. The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle.

Posted in Ask Geo, Overtaking & Passing
One comment on “Three Feet
  1. Steve says:

    I had a police officer buzz me on Fort Lauderdale Beach when I was riding in the bike lane. I caught up with the officer at the next traffic light. There was a 3′ please sticker on the car bumper I asked that he read it. He said he didn’t have to give me 3′ if I was in the bike lane. We have a long way to go in educating the public as they will never see police officers changing lanes to pass us.

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