We're not sure that strapping a yard stick to the side of your bike is the safest way to make the point that drivers should give a three foot clearance to cyclist...but you can't argue that it is effective.
Recently these cyclist from the Mt Washington Valley Velo Club certainly demonstrated in the most visual manner of all how far three feet really is...at least when put to a real life test on the road.
According to the press release that accompanied this photo:
"Currently, fifteen states (Arkansas, Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi and Maine) in the US have laws requiring motorists to give cyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing.
A bill that would require automobile drivers to observe a 3-foot buffer zone around bicyclists emerged from the Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee last week -- potentially giving two-wheel enthusiasts a significant victory on the eve of National Bike Month, celebrated in May."
Thanks to Marti Mayne for sharing and of course photo provided by Dick Pollack, Moat Mountain Photography