Here's a special gift idea...Gerald Howe is one of the first cyclists in the world to wear the "3 Feet Please" jersey as he rides to and from work every day in Tallahassee, Florida. The back of the jersey as seen on display at Sunshine Cycles in Tallahassee, Florida. The battle for space between cyclists and motorists is intensifying--worldwide. And the need for space has never been greater. More must be done to educate motorists of the importance of sharing our roads and giving cyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing.
As a cyclist who spends a lot of time on the roads in traffic I have experienced numerous close calls. After one frustrating ride I decided to act. I designed a jersey with the words "3 Feet Please" on the back. I shared this idea with several fellow cyclists who thought this could make a difference. Fueled by their enthusiasm I placed an order for several hundred jerseys with Voler, built a website and launched a campaign to save lives. Currently, fourteen states* in the US have laws requiring motorists to give cyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing. These "3 foot laws" are a good step in making our roads safer for cyclists. The challenge is educating motorists about the law and reminding them to follow the law.
We all love riding our bikes. Most drivers are courteous and they give us space. But there are a large number of drivers who just don’t get it. They don’t get the fear that sweeps over us as they pass within inches of our bodies. And they don’t get how hitting us would change lives---theirs, ours and our families.
It’s my hope that this “3 Feet Please” jersey will remind drivers to share the roads that belong to all of us and to give us at least 3 feet clearance as they pass. This will make our riding safer and far more enjoyable. But most importantly, it will reduce the numbers of cyclists who are injured or worse killed.
For cyclists who live in states or countries that do not have a "3 foot law" yet you can purchase a jersey without "It's the law" on the front. Just choose Option 2 when you order.
You can order your “3 Feet Please” jersey today online. The price of the jersey is $65 plus tax and shipping. Order your "3 Feet Please" jersey now. Click here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at 1.800.761.0907. If you want to place a bulk order for your club or shop, contact me for special pricing. Thank you, Joe Mizereck * The US states with "3 foot laws" are: Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Oregon, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, South Carolina, Washington, Oklahoma and Maine...other states aren't far behind.
PS Our friends in Canada are trying to secure the 3 foot legislation and safer roads in their provinces. A new friend of mine Laurel-Lea Shannon, Editor, Women's Cycling ca is leading the cause. Check out her blog and appeal at: http://womenscycling.ca/blog/?page_id=37