Next City (July 10th, 2015)

This Invention Could Boost Bicyclist Protection Laws

“It took just a quarter of a mile with the device mounted on the handlebars of the patrol cop’s bicycle before it became obvious: This invention by a little Austin company, designed to enforce laws requiring that vehicles give at least three feet to cyclists when passing, could actually change the roads for cyclists everywhere.

“I was riding in full uniform and within three blocks, I had a car pass me inside three feet,” says Chattanooga police Officer Rob Simmons. “And it was all day long.”

A bike cop in the southern Tennessee city for seven years, Simmons didn’t realize just how often drivers broke the law when passing him — and figures the drivers didn’t either.



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