Three feet passing laws are becoming more commonplace in the United States. They are state law in twenty-one states, and ordinances in many cities and towns. Last year, the regulation was introduced to the South Bend Common Council, but no action was taken. This year there is support by some of the Council members which would make it illegal for a motorized vehicle to travel within 3 feet of a cyclist. If passed, South Bend would join Indianapolis, Bloomington and Fort Wayne in adopting the safety regulation in Indiana.
On Monday, February 25, the South Bend Common Council will have a second reading on this ordinance in their afternoon session. At the 7:00 pm Council meeting, a full up-or-down vote is expected. The Bike Michiana Coalition has had the pictured t-shirts printed up and cyclists are encouraged to wear one to the meeting: the shirts are available at no cost to cyclist planning to attend the meeting. They can be picked up at Outpost Sports, Pro Form, and Spin Zone bike shops. They also will be available beginning at 6:15 outside the Council Chambers while the supply lasts.
Cyclists are marking their calendars:
- South Bend Common Council Meeting
- 7:00 pm, Monday, February 25. (Arrive at 6:15 to get a t-shirt while they last)
- County-City Building, corner of Lafayette and Jefferson, South Bend
- Support a ‘yes’ vote on the 3-Feet Please ordinance
- Parking is free, and the time limits are not enforced after 6:00 pm.