The OmniBike Bill

The OmniBike Bill (AB-1909) changes how cars and bike riders share the road. The goals and purpose of the changes were to ensure that cyclists on California streets were safer and more protected, to help cyclists and motorists safely share the road, and to reduce collisions involving bike riders and motorists. The bill makes four significant changes to the vehicle code in California.

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Bicyclists get more room

A new law taking effect Jan. 1 requires motorists to slow down and, whenever possible, move over one lane when encountering a bicyclist headed in the same direction on any public right-of-way. If a lane is unavailable to ensure buffer space for the bicyclist, the law requires that the driver reduce speed and trail the rider until it is safe to go around him or her without creating a hazard.

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