If you recall, back in 2010, Maryland passed a law requiring vehicles to give cyclists 3 feet of room while passing.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health published a study this week that takes a look at how well the law is being followed by vehicles. Unfortunately, the answer is not very well.
Here are some key findings of the groundbreaking study:
- Overall, bike lanes in Baltimore improve cyclist safety
- Without bike lanes, drivers had trouble sharing the road with cyclists
- One in six Baltimore drivers, or about 17 percent, violated the 3-foot law
- Researchers found a 20 percent increase in motorist adherence to the 3-foot law for bike lane streets compared to standard streets
Having this quantifiable data makes a very compelling case for the city to continue (and increase) its funding for dedicated bike lanes around the city.
Make sure you read the full study here.