Why Three Feet to Pass May Not Be Enough


Three cyclists were killed on Boise's streets within one month in 2009. Those were horrific events, yes, but earlier this week, during a group ride to promote bicycle usage in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a car drove through the crowd, seriously injuring at least 12 people and endangering the lives of dozens.

This sort of event is why not everyone agrees that policies intended to help drivers and cyclists share the road, like Boise's three-feet-to-pass law, are the right approach to safety. Instead, some say, the focus should be on creating segregated roads or cycle-tracks like those in Holland and New York City, or bike avenues like those in Portland.

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