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Posted: 08/07/19 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some bike riders are a problem and break the laws. But most state have a law that bikes abide by the same traffic laws as a vehicle. Motorist are also require to keep 3 foot minimum clearance when passing a bike. Texas requires commercial vehicles to keep 5 foot clearance.

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Three (3) feet, got it. So, sometimes I might need to slow way down (with my emergency lights on).


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Kansas has a 3 feet law for bike right of way as well. I personally give a minimum of 6 feet just in case a gust of wind or rider error that might bring the rider into my path. Most main roads in Kansas have a full lane for the shoulder that bicyclists use. Some scenic secondary roads do not have a shoulder but usually not much traffic.

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Ductape wrote:

There’s no excuse for running down a cyclist in your lane traveling the same direction. Vehicular homicide open and shut case.


So when we were leaving a favorite place there was a mob of bicyclists clustered on the stopped on the narrow shoulder. As I slowed to a crawl as I approached cyclists. The gaggle of riders decided it was a good d time to start peddling. Well one older rider just started riding and fell over onto the road. He was lucky as I saw how wobbly he was and there was no oncoming vehicles. I was able to avoid the cyclist. Scared the **** out of us.


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Driving 101. Don't outdrive your sight lines. Could be a bicyclist, a deer, a homeless drunk sitting in the street, a pool of oil, you don't know what's around the next corner. As a life long motorcyclist and ex-road bicyclist, I'm quite aware of the dangers around me.

I don't pass a bicycle if I don't have the room. Sometimes that means going REAL slow and getting honked at for a while until either a) space opens up to make the pass or b) the bicycle pulls off and lets me by.

There are a whole lot of impatient drivers out on the road these days, I gave up road cycling about 15 years ago and stick with mountain biking now. I'm a good cyclist, but I don't trust people. Seems like every few months there's another cyclist killed by a car around here. Road riding does not pass the sanity test for me anymore.
You could be describing me - I used to cycle on the road, but now only use the trails because drivers these days are ignorant and impatient when it comes to cyclists.

In my area, in a residential area with no sidewalks, the cyclist is allowed to take the entire lane - lots of signs and graphics painted on the road surface. Most cyclists in these areas are actually riding at the 20 mph posted speed limit and will ride to the right to allow cars to pass.

But you get these impatient drivers who just don't give a hoot and get angry at some guy on a bike making their commute 5 minutes longer. You even have to watch it when coming from the opposite direction because these geniuses pull into oncoming traffic to get around the cyclist.

If both groups respected each others rights, it wouldn't be dangerous - but you go ahead and be responsible for another persons death regardless of the cyclist breaking the law. Many times they aren't - your just ignorant of what the laws actually state.


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2012Coleman wrote:

camperdave wrote:

Driving 101. Don't outdrive your sight lines. Could be a bicyclist, a deer, a homeless drunk sitting in the street, a pool of oil, you don't know what's around the next corner. As a life long motorcyclist and ex-road bicyclist, I'm quite aware of the dangers around me.

I don't pass a bicycle if I don't have the room. Sometimes that means going REAL slow and getting honked at for a while until either a) space opens up to make the pass or b) the bicycle pulls off and lets me by.

There are a whole lot of impatient drivers out on the road these days, I gave up road cycling about 15 years ago and stick with mountain biking now. I'm a good cyclist, but I don't trust people. Seems like every few months there's another cyclist killed by a car around here. Road riding does not pass the sanity test for me anymore.
You could be describing me - I used to cycle on the road, but now only use the trails because drivers these days are ignorant and impatient when it comes to cyclists.

In my area, in a residential area with no sidewalks, the cyclist is allowed to take the entire lane - lots of signs and graphics painted on the road surface. Most cyclists in these areas are actually riding at the 20 mph posted speed limit and will ride to the right to allow cars to pass.

But you get these impatient drivers who just don't give a hoot and get angry at some guy on a bike making their commute 5 minutes longer. You even have to watch it when coming from the opposite direction because these geniuses pull into oncoming traffic to get around the cyclist.

If both groups respected each others rights, it wouldn't be dangerous - but you go ahead and be responsible for another persons death regardless of the cyclist breaking the law. Many times they aren't - your just ignorant of what the laws actually state.
Very poignant, on the news they were just talking about the numbers of distracted drivers on the road accounting for more accidents then drunk or speeding drivers. I know riding a motorcycle that you have to be a extremely defensive driver.

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