BOISE -- It's been a dangerous and even deadly year for cyclists on Boise's roads.

Just last month, a 13-year-old girl died after being hit by a car while riding her bike.

But today, Boise Police tried to help change that trend by educating and enforcing a law that they say can save lives.

Officers were focusing on educating the public on the city s 3-foot-to-pass law.

That means drivers have to give cyclists 3-feet of cushion as they pass them -- that's whether a bike lane is there or not.

So, if there's no bike lane and oncoming traffic -- you need to slow down, wait until that traffic passes, and then pass the cyclist.

A couple officers went undercover as cyclists and rode up and down 15th Street.

If a car passed them too closely, they called for another officer in a patrol car or on a motorcycle to pull them over.

It's part of a department and citywide effort to educate folks on safe cycling, since it is Bike Safety Month and because of two serious accidents last month, including a fatal accident.

While police did pull over a few people, they had not cited anyone when we talked to them, and instead just gave out warnings.

They say they just wanted to educate people that this is the law, and that by just giving a little extra room for cyclists, drivers can save lives.

We want to make sure that cyclists are safe on the Boise roadways, all year-round, said Boise Police Officer Blake Slater. So, by educating the public in May, we hope that that transposes into bike safety all 12 months of the year. This could absolutely save someone's life.

Officers say this is the first time enforcement and education like this has been tried. They may do it again later in the summer.

While officers pulled a few drivers over, they also stopped a couple of cyclists, reminding them to stay in their bike lane.

They also want to remind everyone that cycling safety is a two-way street.

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