Understanding the Cycling 3 Foot Rule

By Megan Hottman, Hottman Law Firm

In effect since 2009, Colorado law requires drivers to give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.

Megan discusses this important traffic safety law and offers advice on what a motorist should do if it’s not possible to give 3 feet when passing.

Read about her firsthand experience and get advice from a cycling advocate on where/how to report 3-foot violations:

Case study in this important traffic safety law (originally published on Road Bike Review)

Editor’s Note: RoadBikeReview contributor Megan Hottman is a recognized legal expert on cycling laws and advocate in the cycling community. She provides bike law education clinics and classes to cyclists, local bike clubs and to law enforcement personnel. Images courtesy www.hottmanlawoffice.com and bikeyface.com.

The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction shall allow the bicyclist at least a three-foot separation between the right side of the driver’s vehicle, including all mirrors or other projections, and the left side of the bicyclist at all times. But how much is 3 feet, really?

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