Lawmakers Want Drivers to Back Off Cyclists
State leaders are discussing "3-Foot Rule"
Omaha, NE - Whether it's for leisure or exercise, riding a bike along trails like Keystone is becoming increasingly popular, as bikers are ditching the dangerous streets for a safer path.
"People don't always see us when we're on the road. It's just too dangerous," Cheryl Sacco said.
"There was one particularly impatient driver who came about this far from hitting me then he cut back right in front of me," Matt Johnson said.
One after the other, bikers told us their horror stories of cars coming extremely too close for comfort. Nebraska lawmakers are discussing a new bill to crack down on careless drivers. It's called the '3-foot rule.' It would require drivers to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing.
Right now, 20 states have adopted a similar law. Drivers who share the road with cyclists say it's needed. "It's a safety factor, they got as much right as anyone else on the street," Tony Gedroez said.
Although the rule may sound good some people wonder if it will even work? "I don't think we need to spend taxpayers money on creating another law that really can't be enforced," Eileen Beckman said.
With or without a law, ultimately it's up to both drivers and bicyclists to safely share the road.