Law enforcement cruisers and other agency vehicles in the region will display the message “Share the Road – 3 Feet, It’s the Law” on their vehicles. The decals extend along the width of the vehicles’ rear windshields where they are easy for other drivers to see. The message reminds drivers they are required by law to give bicyclists a minimum three feet of space when passing them on a roadway, or they risk receiving a traffic citation and paying a fine.
The decal program originated in 2011 when the Tampa Police Department (TPD) installed decals on police vehicles. In 2012, more decals were provided through a donation from J. Steele Olmstead, a current Bike/Walk Tampa Bay board member. However, the police cruisers were gradually replaced due to age. Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, now Chair of the Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Board, had the idea to continue putting decals on the new TPD cruisers and to expand the message throughout the region. In 2017, new decals were provided by Bike/Walk Tampa Bay with funding from FDOT District 7.
Participating agencies in 2017 include the Tampa Police Department (200 decals), the Temple Terrace Police Department and Public Works (50 decals), The University of South Florida Police Department (30 decals), the City of Largo Police Department (61 decals), and the Tampa Downtowner shuttles (8 decals).