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Things To Know When You Bike

A new law requires motorists to leave a 4-foot “cushion of safety” when passing a bicyclist.

A law that requires motorists to leave a 4-foot “cushion of safety” when passing a bicyclist took effect at the beginning of this month. Also:

  • Drivers attempting to turn left must also yield the right of way to bicycle riders traveling in the opposite direction.
  • The new law also calls for bicycle riders to use all reasonable efforts to avoid impeding the normal flow of traffic.
  • When there is only one travel lane, bicyclists may use any portion of the lane to avoid hazards on the roadway, including maintaining a safe distance from stopped and parked cars.
  • Bicyclists and motorists should obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recommends bicyclists always ride predictably and signal their intentions before proceeding so that motorists have a chance to react.

You will find a document of bicycle laws and safety tips for motorists in the pdf section of this article.

Cyclists are a nuisance on major roads, such as Route 30. Seriously, ride your damn bikes on back roads and not major roads. I think some of these cyclists are crazy. And clearly some think they own the road and don't obey stop signs and traffic lights.
Christopher Merken April 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
However in that same vein, many drivers don't respect the "share the road" philosophy and the laws that are associated with it. Cyclists are considered part of traffic, hence the traffic violation given to the cyclist who collided with the truck in Wayne last week. As an avid cyclist who rides on Route 30 as well as other main roads I find it insulting to be called a nuisance. I don't own a car and sometimes can't get a ride from others. I admit that there are crazy cyclists, people who disregard the laws of the road. However drivers harass cyclists and cause more problems than the cyclists themselves.

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