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I commute to work via bike off and on; I seem to do it for a few weeks a season, then get out of the habit when something comes up that make it inconvenient. Now that I'm back in the city, and there's a lot more within biking distance, I'm hoping to use my bike more for getting around. I tend to treat my bike as a way to get around town, as my commute or on the weekend; I don't spend much time biking for fun.


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comment Passing cars on the right, and later merging into their lane
@Andy The comments on a question are meant for quick clarifications or questions, not intended for extended discussion. I moved the discussion to chat to avoid cluttering up this discussion (as well as allow more room for clarification). Did you see the chat and more extended discussion of the issue that I posted there?
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comment Passing cars on the right, and later merging into their lane
@Andy This discussion is getting increasingly off topic from my question, so I've opted to use the feature to migrate the discussion to chat, if you would like to continue this discussion.
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comment Passing cars on the right, and later merging into their lane
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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comment Passing cars on the right, and later merging into their lane
I should probably clarify that it's not always legal, but legal if there is an appropriate lane and you are not passing a car that is stopping for a pedestrian. It would be quite silly to disallow any passing on the right of stopped cars, as it would mean that when the left lane filled up at a stop light before the right lane did, people in the right lane would have to suddenly stop and leave large gaps in order to avoid passing on the right. I can't imagine anyone would believe that that's how you interpret the prohibition on passing on the right.
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comment Passing cars on the right, and later merging into their lane
@Andy If you are in a car, there are two lanes, and the left lane is full of stopped cars, would you stop before that to avoid passing stopped cars on the right? Why would being on a bicycle suddenly make you do that? It's always legal to pass stopped cars on the right, the exemption for bicycles is to allow them to pass moving cars on the right in places where it's safe to do so.
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comment Passing cars on the right, and later merging into their lane
@Andy "Every person operating a bicycle upon a way ...shall be subject to the traffic laws and regulations of the commonwealth and the special regulations contained in this section, except that: (1) the bicycle operator may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle which is moving in the travel lane of the way"; that seems to state pretty clearly that bicycles are allowed to do it even when cars are not. The section you quoted states the cyclists must facilitate overtaking, just like slow driving cars, but that applies to when car traffic is moving faster than bike traffic.
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@Vorac Sometimes it's a bike only lane, but a lot of times when this happens it's on a mixed-use path.
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