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Police cruisers and other local agency vehicles to display “3 Feet Law” decals prominently on rear windshields

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).

1 Comment

  1. Douglas Bentley says:

    If the city, county, and or state were serious, stickers and share the road signs would be replaced with vigorous enforcement of the law.

    I have been a very avid commuter since moving here 5 yrs ago and have participated in MPO and BPAC meetings only to find that the policy makers are not serious about enforcement only how pretty it looks.

    How many times have motorists spent years in jail for hitting or killing a bicyclist vs how many get a ticket?

    When that ratio is reversed, then will we have true shared road with equal safety in mind.

    If you think it is the cyclist fault, please by all means, ride a bicycle on Courtney Campbell, Hillsborough Ave, or any other large road with bicycle lanes.

    If the road is less than 14 ft wide, the bicyclist may take the full lane. Try that and explain how it is the cyclists fault.

    The local, regional, and state agencies see this and for whatever reason, choose to ignore the obvious. It is way past time to start jailing those drivers that feel that a bicyclist must be on the side walk, where they become even more of a target because there is a driveway and that bicyclist needs to yield.

    Florida State Laws
    316.2065 Bicycle regulations.—
    (1) Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter, except as to special regulations in this chapter, and except as to provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.

    When you look also at 316.083, passing less than 3 feet is only a traffic ticket.
    I am here to tell you, when a nutcase passes you at 3 feet or less traveling at 45 mph while you are doing 20 mph, one would understand that a traffic ticket vs a trip to jail, would definitely change perspective

    316.083 Overtaking and passing a vehicle.—The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions, and special rules hereinafter stated:
    (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall give an appropriate signal as provided for in s. 316.156, shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle.
    (2) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle, on audible signal or upon the visible blinking of the headlamps of the overtaking vehicle if such overtaking is being attempted at nighttime, and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
    (3) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.