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  1. 1. SHARING THEROAD…..The other side’s viewMuch has been written about motorist’s need to “share the road” with otherusers, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, and the need to obey the lawsgoverning how these other users are to be treated.UNFORTUNATELY, very little is done on the OTHER side of the equation. Theseother users have their own set of laws to be obeyed, and when they are not, amotorists doesn’t always know WHAT they are going to do.With that in mind, here are some basic laws governing bicyclists, in this firstpart of a series.Copyright 2013, GAM Consulting, Clearwater, FL
  2. 2. In most states, a cyclist is REQUIRED to ride WITH the traffic, not againstit, if on a roadway or bike lane. This is probably one of the most oftenviolated rule, and one that can cause grief for drivers.When making a right turn, the LAST thing a driver expects to see is awrong-way rider coming at him/her. This sudden meeting can cause acollision with the cyclist (head-on!), or cause the driver to swervesuddenly, with a potential for hitting a car in the next lane, or losingcontrol.It is important to remember that BOTH road users aresubject to the same rules. Just as a car cannot drive on thesidewalk, neither can a cyclist (SOME local jurisdictions DOallow for this). If a cyclist wants to make a left turn, (s)hehas the right to do so, IF they get to the left-turn lane orleft side of a driving lane. On right turns, a cyclists may notovertake, on the right, a car that is turning right (ONEMORE good reason for car drivers to use their turn signals!Copyright 2013, GAM Consulting, Clearwater, FL
  3. 3. Remember when your Mother taught you to look both ways beforecrossing the street? That rule still holds! I see way too manycyclists, on a sidewalk OR in a bike lane, barrel right through anintersection without bothering to stop and look. A moment of timecan save thousands of moments in a hospital.In 39 states, the law specifically allows cyclists toride two abreast. In 21 of these states, cyclists mayride two up only if they are not impeding traffic.Three states–Massachusetts, New York and Virginia–specifically require cyclists to roll single file whenbeing overtaken by a passing vehicle. Even if yourstate allows riding two abreast, be aware that theremay be nuances to the law, and that local and statelaws might differ: Some cities or municipalitiesprohibit two-up riding, even though it is legalelsewhere in the state. And if your ride takes youthrough an Indian reservation, tribal law trumpsstate law. Be sure to check the laws in your areabefore heading out.Copyright 2013, GAM Consulting, Clearwater, FL
  4. 4. This New Mexico law sign sums it up quite well. ACROSSWALK (which, by definition, is an extensionof the SIDEWALK) is for pedestrians. Most stateshave similar laws, in that a cyclist on a sidewalk orcrosswalk, must either WALK their bike across, orride at a speed equal to or less than the foot trafficof pedestrians.The laws for both motorists and cyclists only work when they areadhered to, and respected, by BOTH groups. SHARE the roadmeans exactly that…no ONE group has more “rights” than theother, on today’s increasingly crowded roadways.Copyright 2013, GAM Consulting, Clearwater, FL