Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1358 that will prohibit the driver of any motor vehicle from passing a bike rider on the road unless there is 3 feet of space between them.   The law is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting alternative transportation measures, improve road safety and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods.  It’s set to take effect this fall, giving drivers plenty of time to get used to the idea and cyclists and state officials plenty of time to educate them.

Fines for violators are set at $35.

This law is the latest in a series of measures taken by state officials in an effort to promote safety across all modes of transportation.  Assembly Bill 1358, known as the Complete Streets Bill, brought to California a nationwide resolution to enable safe road access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.