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Diablo Road in Diablo, Calif.: virtually no shoulder for cyclists. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group)

Q We all agree that bicyclists should be protected with a 3-foot buffer zone, as will soon be the law. But if the biker is riding on the white line and I have to go over the double yellow line to give him 3 feet of space, will I be ticketed?

Gene Carter

Saratoga

A Possibly. But don't look for police to be lurking nearby ready to whip out their ticket pad. Art-the-CHP-Man says: "The law currently does and will continue to prohibit motorists from crossing double yellow lines. That being said, officers use discretion when enforcing certain laws. So although we are there to enforce the law we also take into consideration the spirit of the law.

"Before this law was signed, I don't think I've heard of a motorist being cited for driving over the yellow lines to avoid striking a pedestrian or bicyclist who happens to be on a narrow roadway or city street. Of course, we'd have to take into consideration all factors at that time."

But many motorists have had plenty to say about the law that takes effect next September.

Q This law makes mountain or other narrow roads unusable if we can't cross the double yellow line. Maybe now someone will see the light and disallow bicycles on Highway 9 from Saratoga to Felton.

Larry St. Regis

Boulder Creek

A That won't happen, but ...


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Q I ride my bike in the Oakland hills where there are countless examples where this 3-foot rule is impossible to follow without going over the double yellow line. Look west of Moraga where, heading to Oakland via the back road, Canyon Road hits Pinehurst. Get to that intersection and turn left. That is a 1.4-mile climb where a car could NEVER pass a biker without crossing the double yellow.

Dax Morsard

Oakland

A And ...

Q I have had it with bicyclists! One Sunday at 10 a.m. I was minding my own business, not in a hurry, driving north on Fourth Street in Berkeley south of University Avenue when I catch up to a family of three riding in the middle of the street.

I'm giving them time to move over (I can't safely pass, it's a narrow street with cars parked on both sides). I "bip" my horn once -- I promise you, it was not a "beeeep." Guess what?

The father gives me the finger! I do not want to ever hear any complaints from bicyclists again! Bicyclists should be required to pass traffic rules tests which would include the issues of moving to the right and not riding three abreast.

Inge Jordan

Emeryville

A John-the-Roadshow-Biking-Man says: "As for riding single file, the vehicle code does not expressly state any requirement that bicyclists ride single file. Generally, the legal system works under the maxim that behavior is allowed unless specifically prohibited (otherwise laws would have the impossible task of including every possible behavior, not just prohibited behavior). Nevertheless, there is not 100 percent agreement that bicyclists are not required to ride single file. So it's possible to get a ticket, and it's possible a traffic court would uphold it."

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