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Nonya asked in SportsCycling · 2 months ago

When riding your bicycle on the streets, do you have to ride with traffic or can you ride against traffic?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Please understand this NOW.  Bicycles are legally defined "vehicles" with the same rights, duties & responsibilities as any motorist.  The only exception might be when bikes aren't allowed on a 'limited access' highway.  Limited Access is where you see both a posted speed limit & speed minimum - such as an interstate highway.  

    Now, think about this...  If you're on a bike riding at a slow pace of even 10 mph & a car coming at you is traveling at 30 mph, the impact speed would be FORTY mph.  Highly unlikely you'd survive an impact at 40 mph.  Reverse everything & the impact speed would drop down to 20 mph.  Get a MIRROR for either your handlebar or your helmet so you can see vehicles approaching from behind.  I highly recommend this one...

    Take classes either online or in person from Cycling Savvy.

    Follow along with a YouTube video entitled "Cyclist Eye View".  It's a 3 part series.  I'll supply part one below.  Also check out 'Bicycling Street Smarts' - an online booklet on this link... 

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    People who ride the wrong way are known as "salmons".  See pic.  

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  • 2 months ago

    With traffic, inside lane of travel. Approx arms length from cars/shoulder.

    Must follow all the same rules of cars less speed (unless you can maintain speed limit, usually only achieved down hill)Right-most lane position. (unless if one-way, then either side) 

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  • 2 months ago

    Always ride WITH traffic. In the US that's on the right. If you're riding with traffic, you can be treated as a slow-moving car. Against traffic, there are no rules - it's anarchy. When you ride against traffic,

    1. You can't read regulatory signs - they're all facing the other way.

    2. You're where car drivers don't expect you, especially at intersections.

    4. Closing speeds with cars are much greater, leaving less reaction time for both you and the car drivers.

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  • 2 months ago

    In the USA bicycles are considered "vehicles" and subject to the same traffic laws as cars. 

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    With traffic and obey all traffic regulations.

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