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Bike News Roundup: A cartoon teaching drivers how to pass someone on a bike

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! First up, Oregon created a 30-second animation to teach people driving how to safety pass someone on a bike. The “fall distance” bit is an interesting way to teach safe passing on a simplified, public information level. It’s probably better than saying “at least three feet” since people don’t have a yard stick they can whip out to help them visualize that distance while driving.

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    1. Josh

      “Fall distance” is an interesting heuristic – it’s not just easier to estimate, it also humanizes the *reason* for that adequate passing clearance — the driver literally asks themselves, “if that cyclist tipped over, would I drive over their head?”

      Anecdotally, many drivers already use some version of “fall distance” judging by the passing clearance I always get when riding my pennyfarthing.

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