The State Senate has approved a bill that would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when they are passing in the same direction, despite Governor Jerry Brown's previous vetoes of similar legislation. The bill aims to protect bicyclists from harassment by drivers who deliberately travel close to bikes in an effort to intimidate riders. The legislation would require a driver to pass a bicycle at a distance of at least three feet. But when drivers cannot leave that much room due to road conditions they must slow to "a reasonable and prudent speed" and pass only if doing so would not endanger the cyclist's safety. A violation would be punishable by fines starting at $35.
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