Bus Drivers Ride Bikes to Appreciate Passing Laws

Motorists aren’t always aware of how little space they’re giving cyclists—three feet is admittedly hard to gauge, and it’s even harder to do from the driver’s seat of a bus. An educational program in Cariacica, Brazil, might provide the best incentive to keep drivers alert to cyclists’ needs: turning the tables and getting drivers on bikes. 

As part of the program, bus drivers ride stationary bikes on the side of a busy road, and experience what it’s like to get passed by a bus. The buses leave them about 1.5 meters—nearly five feet—of space, which is the law in Brazil. Even with that much breathing room, the drivers in this video clearly get the point: Passing laws are there for a reason.

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