Lee County will join Leon County in placing bright yellow decals on all county vehicles and public buses designed to promote a safe distance—3 feet—between motorists and cyclists sharing the road. Florida law specifies that drivers must allow a 3 foot clearance when passing bicyclists.
The Board of Lee County Commissioners recently acknowledged Harvey Software of Ft. Meyers for the company’s efforts to purchase and distribute over 500 of the “3 Feet Please” stickers to be placed on official Lee County government vehicles and LeeTran public buses.
The 3 Feet Please campaign is an initiative of Safe Cycling, LLC, an advocacy group promoting safe bicycling in Florida, across the nation, and around the world. Jurisdictions can obtain the decals by contacting the organization through their website, http://www.3feetplease.com/.
Jim Dodson Law supports this effort to make bicycling safer for Floridians. We suggest that counties around the state join the 3 Feet Please campaign and display the decals on their vehicles to remind motorists of the Florida 3 feet law. Too many cyclists in the state have been injured or killed when hit by cars. This effort is one way to make drivers aware of their responsibility to share the road safely with people on bicycles.
Florida bicycle accident attorney Jim Dodson is a longtime advocate for bicycle safety in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa areas. As a cyclist, himself, he regularly assists cyclists who have been injured in crashes involving motor vehicles to be compensated for damages incurred in these accidents.