As more people ride bicycles, motorists are reminded to “give three feet” when passing

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As more people ride bicycles, motorists are reminded to “give three feet” when passing

Officer Andrey Izrailov, Kenneth City Police Department, shows off decal on his police vehicle.

According to Florida state law, when a motorist overtakes and passes a bicyclist or other non-motorized vehicle on a roadway, the motorist must pass at a safe distance of not less than three feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle. To remind motorists of this law, decals with the message “Give Three Feet, It’s the Law” were recently installed on a total of 541 police vehicles in the greater Tampa Bay region.

Participating agencies include the Tampa Police Department, the Temple Terrace Police Department, the City of Largo Police Department, and the Kenneth City Police Department. The Tampa Downtown Partnership is also including the decals on its Downtowner shuttles.

The decal program originated in 2011 when the Tampa Police Department started installing decals on police vehicles. In 2012, more decals were provided through a donation from current Bike/Walk Tampa Bay board member, J. Steele Olmstead. The police cruisers with the decals were gradually replaced due to age so new decals are being provided by Bike/Walk Tampa Bay with funding from Florida Department of Transportation District Seven.

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