There is now a law that states "a driver of a motor vehicle must maintain a minimum of 4 feet between his vehicle and a cyclist." That sounds great, but let's give it a math test.
Lanes of traffic vary in width from just enough room for one car to keep all four wheels on it up to 12 feet (sometimes a little more). For this problem, I'll use a 12-foot lane. Deduct 6 feet for the vehicle. We now have 6 feet. Give the motorist 1 foot for clearance for oncoming traffic. We now have 5 feet. We'll give the cyclist 3 feet. We have 2 feet of roadway left. By law we need 4 feet.
The motorist is paying a registration fee for his vehicle for the road. The motorist is paying road tax every time he buys gasoline. The cyclist pays nothing.
The roads are not designed for cyclists. The Legislature in Harrisburg needs to abolish this law, which is impossible to perform.
ARTHUR J. BRONDER