With its nearly year-round warmth and (usually) beautiful weather, it is no surprise that cyclists enjoy cruising throughout the streets of Florida. For good reason, The Sunshine State was one of the first to enact a cyclist safety law, commonly called the “three-foot rule.” This law cites that drivers of motor vehicles must use caution when sharing the roadway with cyclists, giving them at least three feet of space when passing.
Anyone who has ever gone for a relaxing bicycle ride only to have motorists buzz by dangerously close and at high speeds can tell you how valuable such a law is for public safety. Fortunately, other states have also followed suit, Pennsylvannia going a step further by making the passing limit four feet instead of three. Unfortunately, even these laws can’t always stop reckless drivers and the harm they may inflict.
Florida still ranks among the deadliest states for cyclists, so the best way to ensure your safety while cycling is to always stay vigilant, follow the rules of the road and wear protective gear — it could save your life.
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