I am writing regarding the letter "4-Foot Impossibility" (July 20). I would like to thank Arthur J. Bronder for "doing the math." You are correct, Mr. Bronder, you cannot legally pass a cyclist within the same lane of travel. And it is, in fact, impossible. So, what to do?
It is actually quite simple, according to the law. Slow down and wait for your opportunity to safely pass the cyclist. If you are on a two-lane road, change lanes. If you are on a one-lane road, wait until there is no oncoming traffic and pass the cyclist at a safe speed, allowing 4 feet of clearance. The same law that requires you to provide the 4-foot clearance also allows you to cross a double yellow line if needed to pass safely.
As for the "registration fee" argument, it is getting old. Cyclists pay taxes to the same local, state and federal bodies to which a motorist pays taxes. Registration fees do not pay for roads. Even if they did, most cyclists also own cars and pay the same fee. Rather than paying "nothing" we pay the same things that motorists pay, albeit less gas tax than someone who doesn't cycle. However, cyclists also cause significantly less wear and tear on roadways.
If you want to abolish this law, then contact your legislators and ask them to do so. But I respectfully suggest having a better argument than the one posed in Mr. Bronder's letter.