Tuesday, April 30 2013 @ 01:32 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
Disappointing article on WTOP.
Washington Area Bicyclist Association Director Shane Farthing says bicyclists have the right to use the full travel lanes at all times and that cars must yield and simply wait behind a slow-moving bike.
"Cyclists can't necessarily always go as fast as traffic, but the law does give cyclists the right to use the road," says Farthing.
So far, so good...
But Montgomery County Police Lt. Bob McCullough, deputy director of the traffic division, says that's not the case.
Slow-moving bikes need to move to the right-hand side of the roadway particularly "when they reach a point that they are impeding traffic."
Is Bob McCullough calling in from the 80's? But it gets worse.
D.C., Maryland and Virginia law states bicyclists can ride the center of the travel lane only if they're going the speed limit.
There is no such law. The speed limit is an UPPER limit, not a lower limit. You are not required to maintain that speed, and there is no law against "impeding traffic". The law in Maryland reads:
Riding to the right not required when traveling at the speed of traffic, operating on a one-way street, passing, preparing for a left turn, avoiding hazards, avoiding a mandatory turn lane or traveling in a lane too narrow to share.
So there are many more excpetions to "riding right" in Maryland than just "traveling at the speed of traffic" which is not the same as "the speed limit." In DC the law is even farther from what WTOP reports:
Operate a bicycle in a safe and non-hazardous manner... so as not to endanger himself or herself or any other person.
WTOP, you are not the New York Post. Don't try to be.