About Us and Why We Are Doing What We Do
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. -John F. Kennedy
My name is Joe Mizereck. About three years ago the idea for the “3 Feet Please” Campaign was born after a particularly frustrating ride. Knowing about the Florida 3 foot clearance law I chose to use my cycling jersey as a billboard to remind motorists that they needed to give me at least 3 feet clearance when passing me from the rear. I selected a bright yellow jersey and placed the words “3 Feet Please” on the back. I asked several of my friends what they thought about the idea and they thought it just might make a difference. Fueled by their enthusiasm I placed an order for a couple hundred jerseys from Voler, built a website and launched the “3 Feet Please” Campaign…never imagining that it would grow into a campaign to save cyclists’ lives around the world.
Today, from Jerusalem to Singapore to Austin to Seattle to Boston to good ole Tallahassee to Nova Scotia, you can find cyclists wearing the “3 Feet Please” jersey and the “1 Metre Please” jersey. And the most common feedback I hear from those cyclists is that they believe more motorists are giving them more space more often…the jersey is working…and saving cyclists’ lives.
While cycling is safe, sharing space on our roads is becoming hazardous. As the numbers of cyclists on our roads continues to grow we must find ways to protect ourselves and each other. In addition to knowing and following the rules of the road, we can solve many of our problems by riding visibly and predictably. Our jersey helps motorists see cyclists so we have the visibility part covered. But, our work goes beyond making a cyclist visible. Everything we do is focused on saving lives. And at the heart of this focus is our determination to help motorists and cyclists coexist. To reach this goal we must encourage all stakeholders to take reasonable steps to provide clear standards for behavior and ultimately safer roads for drivers, runners, cyclists and pedestrians.
Please understand, our campaign is not about painting the motorist as the bad guy. Unfortunately, we have scofflaws on both sides and the key is to lay down the rules for all parties to follow, make sure the parties know the rules and then enforce them…hold people accountable…including cyclists.
It gives me such great joy to ride. And I want to continue to love and enjoy riding my bikes…and I know you do too. The “3 Feet Please” Campaign is all about keeping and spreading that joy. To succeed we have to push aside all the meaningless noise, roll up our sleeves and do whatever we can to make riding a bicycle an even safer form of transportation, exercise and leisure than it already is for the millions of people around the world who love to ride their bicycles.
Please join me in this grassroots campaign to save cyclists’ lives around the world…and spread the joy of riding bicycles.
When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. -H.G. Wells
Founder, The “3 Feet Please” Campaign