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OK, so it’s obvious that Carbon Trace is now a weather blog.

That’s the scene from my office window — the intersection of National and Grand (passable only by cars and able-bodied people willing to jump snow mounds).

I miss my bicycle.

In other news…

HB33, the so-called safe-passing law, has been moved to the House Transportation Committee. Please contact committee members and oppose this misguided legislation. I fully understand and appreciate why MoBikeFed is endorsing it. MoBikeFed works hard for all of us and does great work. But they are wrong on this one. Please read my commentary about it.

The chairman of the transportation committee is Charlie Denison of the 135th district — a large chunk of the southern part of Springfield.

Please: If you value your safety on the road, call or write your legislators. Tell them you don’t want Missouri drivers betting your life on their ability to estimate 3 feet. (Just take a look at the right sides of — the body damage on! — some of the cars driving around this town. Too many people have no idea where the sides of their own cars are.)

UPDATE: Read Keri Caffrey’s examination of 3-foot passing laws.

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Comments 4

  1. Steve A wrote:

    I don’t miss my bicycle. I miss my U-lock that I leave on the rack at work not being frozen shut…

    Posted 09 Feb 2011 at 7:07 pm
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    Steve… Ouch. I suppose that’s the price you pay for not bolting it to your bicycle 😉

    Posted 09 Feb 2011 at 9:44 pm
  3. Coy wrote:

    I am all for allowing a full lane to pass. We had nothing until MoBikeFed got the ‘safe distance’ passed after about 10 years of so much opposition to 3 feet. I am told a lot of this political stuff moves along in steps. If this passes, I would presume the full lane would be the next logical step.

    Posted 13 Feb 2011 at 6:58 pm
  4. acline wrote:

    Coy… We already have full lane in the Driver’s Guide, and “safe distance” is way better than 3-feet. This is going backwards, not forwards.

    Posted 13 Feb 2011 at 8:49 pm