three-foot rule in Connecticut



three-foot rule in Connecticut

In some ways, our neighbors to the west lag behind RI in bike advocacy, but they’ve gotten ahead of us on this one.  Effective October 1, 2008, motorists are required to allow at least three feet of separation when overtaking and passing cyclists on state roads.  Failure to do so can lead to a fine.  You can read the ConnDOT press release

If When we get a similar law for RI, we should push for criminal penalties (beyond a fine) when failure to give 3′ leads to an accident.  The absence of such language in the CT law makes it pretty weak.

Can anyone suggest a state house rep or senator to take the lead on this?  Or does anyone know if efforts are already underway?

1 Comment

  • Nov 17, 2008 at 9:45 am


    This is exactly what Lori is trying to make happen with Frank's Law. I'd encourage everyone to get on board and contact their local town/city council or administrators and ask them to support this effort. I've done so in Bristol and I know that Brown Cycling is in the process of sending a letter to Providence officials.