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Old 03-07-2016, 01:08 PM   #1
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Cal's 1, RV's & bicyclists

Getting to the time of year where people are going to start asking about RV's on Highway 1 in North & Central California. Thought I'd share a conversation from last Tuesday night. After dinner in NOLA, we took a pedicab back to our hotel. Young lady pedaling it was pretty jazzed when I shared that I was an 'old dude cyclist' from So Cal. She shared that she had recently biked from Portland to San Diego via 1. She asked if it were true that she had to get off the road to allow vehicles to pass as passing motorists kept angrily yelling at her. Absolutely not. My understanding of the law is that bicyclists in Cal have the right of way & must be given a minimum of a 3' clearance when passing them. I bike a great deal, but would never on many parts of 1. Nor would I drive our 37' Class A towing a Honda.
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Yep, contrary to what many motorists think it's the law. Attached is a pic of how serious the Topeka, KS police department considers education - and enforcement.
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<,snip>My understanding of the law is that bicyclists in Cal have the right of way & must be given a minimum of a 3' clearance when passing them. I bike a great deal, but would never on many parts of 1. Nor would I drive our 37' Class A towing a Honda.
I suppose it depends on what you mean by right of way. In California there are no special right-of-way "rights" for bicyclists, except in a designated bike lane .. because the cyclist is required to to use the bike lane if traveling slower than traffic (some safety and turning exceptions). They must obey the same rules of the road as any other vehicle; although they are sometimes given additional areas to ride on that other vehicles can not, such as the shoulder. But they are also required to ride as close a practical to the right side of the roadway (there are a few safety exceptions).

Cyclists must also, as is required of cars, if traveling slower than traffic and under conditions when passing is unsafe, turn out when 5 or more other vehicles are cued behind them.
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I suppose it depends on what you mean by right of way....Cyclists must also, as is required of cars, if traveling slower than traffic and under conditions when passing is unsafe, turn out when 5 or more other vehicles are cued behind them.
There it is! Like the 55MPH while towing law - that law is rarely obeyed and only enforced if the police are stuck in the back-up.

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Absolutely correct that, at least in Cal, at least in my understanding, cyclists are to follow the rules of the road. Hadn't thought about their also being required to pull over when holding up a certain number of vehicles. When driving, I absolutely try to pull over when holding up vehicles, but only when there is a safe place to do so. That's not always easy. Even on a bike, it could be very dangerous to go off the pavement. I'm still a proponent for encouraging most RV's to avoid roads where cyclist traffic is going to be heavy. I can't imagine a happy ending to being involved in a vehicle vs cyclist collision.
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Those darn bicyclists, one year coming over Chinook Pass in Washington, the bicycle guys, about 12, would not move over to the right and with a horse trailer I couldn't safely pass them. I must of had a line of car about 5 miles long behind me. Talk about some cranky drivers. State patrol came along and I explained what was going on and he made them all pull over and gave them tickets HA, HA,HA,HA.


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Around here we have bike lanes, bike riders seem to think the can ride on the 4" wide paint stripe and still be OK. WRONG, if their body or handlebars are over the imaginary vertical line they are in the traveled lane.
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Around here we have bike lanes, bike riders seem to think the can ride on the 4" wide paint stripe and still be OK. WRONG, if their body or handlebars are over the imaginary vertical line they are in the traveled lane.
You'd be surprised how many bike lanes just aren't safe. Many are too narrow, many seem to include a concrete apron on the curb with either a gap or an uneven surface. Checking the area where we just moved the coach to, I am appalled at the number of manhole covers & drainage grills that are included in what is supposed to be a safe place for me to ride. But note that I checked all that out before 'saddling' up. I won't be riding my bike around this area. Instead I set up my bike trainer.
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