Comparison of SB 910 and SB 1464

 

When Gov. Brown vetoed SB 910 last October, he said he supported the 3-foot passing requirement, but shared the CHP’s concerns about the exception that required drivers to slow to 15 MPH when passing bicyclists with less than three feet of clearance. In his veto message he said: “I encourage the author, proponents and opponents to send me a bill next year that solves these problems.”

SB 1464 is our response to this invitation. Here’s how this year’s bill compares with SB 910:

SB 910

  

SB 1464

Requires drivers, when overtaking a bicyclist in the same lane and same direction of travel, to pass the bicyclist with at least three feet of clearance. Same as SB 910
Allows drivers on a two-lane road to cross a solid double yellow centerline, when safe, to pass a bicyclist with at least three feet of clearance. Same as SB 910
When drivers overtaking a bicyclist cannot give at least three feet of clearance, they must  slow to 15 MPH in order to pass. When drivers overtaking a bicyclist cannot give at least three feet of clearance, they must slow down to a speed that is reasonable and prudent given traffic and roadway conditions and only pass when it’s safe to do so.This provision is patterned after the Basic Speed Law (California Vehicle Code Section 22350) and California’s “Move Over” law (CVC 21809)