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Riders aim to raise awareness of Nevada bicyclist law

Updated September 15, 2017 - 9:47 pm

The Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition on Saturday will launch a campaign aimed at raising awareness of a state law that requires drivers to leave at least three feet of space on the road when passing a bicyclist.

The “More Space! Keep it Safe Nevada” campaign will be formally announced during the 5th annual Three Feet for Pete bicycle ride, a fundraiser that helps pay for cyclist and motorist education programs.

The ride is set for 7 a.m. Saturday starting at Camping World, 13175 Las Vegas Boulevard, and offers 16-mile and 28-mile course options. Registration is $20 and open to bicyclists of all skill levels, organizers said. The event is held in memory of cyclist Pete Makowski who died after getting struck by a motorist on June 19, 2013.

“Increased awareness of the three-feet law will lead to Nevada drivers exercising greater caution when a cyclist is present, decreasing and finally eliminating collisions and fatalities,” said Keely Brooks, president of the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition. “Zero collisions will mean we’ve succeeded in creating a safer environment for our community.”

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Find @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

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