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State Assembly Approves Bill Requiring Drivers To Give Bikers 3-Foot Buffer

California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

The Assembly approved SB1464 Monday, which would require motor vehicle drivers to stay three feet from cyclists in most cases. Drivers would be allowed to cross double solid yellow lines to provide bicyclists enough room.

Opponents of the bill by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, a Long Beach Democrat, argued that it would give bicyclists a false sense of security. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.

The new legislation would allow fines of at least $35 for drivers who impinge on bicyclists' buffer zones.

The bill passed 52-19 and returns to the Senate for a final vote.