Monday, February 1, 2016

Facebook Reminds Us....Riding a Bike is Legal!

5 Things Cyclists Do You Didn’t Know Are Perfectly Legal

It’s true that city cycling is on the rise in the United States, and that has come with some backlash.  The mere sight of a bicycle can send some motorists into a fury — often due to drivers not knowing the law. This has caused an alarming number of injury accidents that were completely preventable. Odds are, that annoying thing the person on the bike is doing — is completely legal.

5. Riding In The Roadway
street cycling

Not only is it legal to ride in the roadway, that’s the only place it is legal to ride. When you yell at a cyclist to “get on the sidewalk”, you’re asking them to break the law. It’s a sidewalk, not a sideroll. If a cyclist is in your lane, it’s important to remember — they have the legal right and responsibility to be there.

4. Leaving The Bike Lane To Use The Left Turn Lane

Cyclists are allowed to leave the bike lane for all sorts of reasons. They can do it to avoid hazards, avoid a parked car, or… turn left at an intersection.  This is the safest way for a cyclist to turn left, since it avoids crosswalks and sidewalks.  Once they make the left turn, they return to the bike lane and all is well.  They are also allowed to split lanes to move ahead of the cars waiting in line, so they’re not invisible between cars.

3. Riding Straight In The Right Turn Lane

Again, cyclists are allowed to ride in the roadway for a ton of reasons. Yes, you want to turn right, but there’s some basic geometry at play here. If a cyclist was to stay all the way to the right, what happens when you pass them and turn right? You cut them off. That’s a great way to get a cyclist-shaped imprint in your door. When the cyclist keeps the middle or left part of the turn lane, this prevents you from crossing over their path of travel, should they be going straight ahead or turning.

2. Filming You While You Scream At Them

Not only are cyclists allowed to wear cameras when they ride, they’re starting to be encouraged to do so. This is so they can have proof of drivers who endanger their safety or injure them when they break the law. This also is to defend them from fault in incidents of road rage. They are allowed to film you, as long as you are in a public place — and the road is public. It might make you feel weird, but it’s totally legal.

1. Riding Two Abreast In The Roadway

Many people complain when groups of cyclists ride two abreast in the roadway. They do this mainly because it makes them more visible, but also because it discourages close passing in the lane; since many drivers ignore the Three Feet For Safety Act. This is completely legal and done for their protection. As long as they aren’t riding more than two abreast, the cyclists are in the right.

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