Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bicycle Myths & Facts

These are just a sampling of bicycling myths and facts from Roadguy blog in the Strib via the Mpls Police Dept:

MYTH: Bicyclists have to ride in the bike lane, or on a trail when provided.
FACT: Cyclists do not have to ride in a bike lane if it is not safe due to surface hazards and parked cars. Cyclists also do not have to ride on trails. Most Minneapolis trails have a speed limit of 10 mph. As a result, many bicyclists who want to travel faster use the road.

MYTH: Cars can drive as close as possible to a bike lane without entering it.
FACT: Passing cars must provide a minimum of three feet clearance from a bike at all times even when a bicyclist is in a designated bike lane.

MYTH: Bikes must use the street.
FACT: Cyclists may ride on sidewalks except in business districts or where posted. Studies have shown that it is often safer to ride on the street.

3 comments:

mikko said...

Hmmm any reason you left out the MYTH/FACT on cyclists being required by law to obey all vehicle traffic laws???

Kirk said...

I linked to it! I called out a couple that were easily copy/pasteable and that I figured people were less aware of. Everyone knows the one you mentioned. What am I, your personal valet? I am but one of many portals to the vast sea of information we call the intranets.

Spirophita said...

I never knew that about the sidewalks! Interesting. :)