California Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of proposed bicycle safety regulations now has one South Bay bicycle organization disappointed.
The measure would have required drivers to give a minimum of three feet of space or slow down to 15 mph when passing cyclists on the road.
"Under current law, a bicyclist remains unprotected and in physical danger," Galliani wrote.
Measure supporters like cycling champion Lance Armstrong have agreed, arguing the law was required to reduce the number of bicyclists killed or injured by cars in California.
In his veto message on Oct. 7, Brown said he "wholeheartedly" supports the measure's goal; however, he called the concerns raised by law enforcement agencies "legitimate."
"On streets with speed limits of 35 or 40 mph, slowing to 15 mph to pass a bicycle could cause rear end collisions," Brown wrote. "On other roads, a bicycle may travel at or near 15 mph, creating a long line of cars behind the cyclist."
The South Bay Bicycle Coalition disagreed, with Galliani pointing out that there is "no evidence in any of the other 20 states" with similar laws of an increase in collisions. (See attached document under photo for the complete letter.)
"Because of your veto, we will not benefit from the kind of improved safety that enables more people to choose bicycling for transportation, and we will not see the reduction in vehicle collisions this law would have provided," Galliani wrote.
Current law requires that motorists keep a "safe distance" when passing cyclists.
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