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Concerning laws concerning bicycling, and their enforcement.

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Is it legal for a car to overtake me as I overtake a parked car in UK?

The road has one lane. There is a parked car on the side. I overtake it and position myself in the middle of the road because no car is coming from the front. Often enough, at the same time I get ...
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Is using hand signals a legal requirement in the UK?

I am just starting to cycle on the road and I'm wondering if cyclists are legally required to use hand signals or if they are optional (i.e. recommended but you won't get into trouble if you don't use ...
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Laws against electric assist bicycle with energy recovery? [closed]

Is an electric bike like this required any special license. The power applied comes from the collected kinetic inertia from going down hill or stored from the rider then the stored power can then be ...
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Is it legal for cyclists to use amber bike flashers for visibility (in BC, Canada)?

Amber bike lights can improve daytime visibility. This makes sense because white light looks similar to sunlight and amber light stands out more clearly. Being seen sooner means that drivers have more ...
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Can I ride side by side with another cyclist in Switzerland?

When I ride on the road with someone (in the country), I try to ride on his side, and then when a car comes, I pull back in. This way, we can talk and have more fun during the trip. Sometimes, I don'...
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Who has the right of way crossing a shared pedestrian crosswalk / bike path? (USA)

I pass this intersection (and others like it) at least twice per day on my way to work and I'm still a little unsure who should stop for whom. The little yellow star indicates the "bike path", which ...
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Riding my bike on empty pavement when the road is busy UK [duplicate]

I often find myself in the situation that I'm riding my bike on the road, holding up several cars whom I can tell are getting impatient (there are oncoming cars so its hard to overtake safely). A lot ...
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Threatening swerving by driver - should I report it? (Canada)

I'm curious to get some opinions on this from other cyclists. FYI this event took place in Ottawa, Canada. On my work commute, there are about 3 blocks where I ride in the lane with cars because ...
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How cities came to decision to allow bicycles and/or motorcycles to enter bus lanes?

Some cities debate about letting 2-wheel wehicles (bicycles or motorcycles) enter bus lanes. Why should (or not) we let them enter? When it is ok to let them use bus lanes? What factors should be ...
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Right of way for a raised crossing?

The new Cycle Superhighway 3 goes through Hyde Park, London,UK on West Carriage Drive. It contains a number of points at which pedestrians are evidently intended to cross, as the roadway and cycleway ...
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What are your country's rules or regulations for the colors of reflectors or lights?

Many countries have rules or regulations that specify what color your lights (headlights or rear lights) or reflectors must be. What are they? In your answer, please note the country (and state, if ...
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How to talk to authorities to convince them to bicycle initiatives?

Since at least 1998 in unkempt, secluded place in Warsaw, PL, there was an unofficial downhill track. Between the bushes some youngsters constructen on their own ramps etc. Between september/october ...
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Why are license plates for bicycles no longer used?

Bicycle license plates were quite common in many countries before, during, and, depending on the region, also after WWII. In Poland, for instance, it was obligatory until the late 60s. I've found that ...
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What are the possible practical consequences of breaking the rules of the road?

I was reading this question which seemed a totally weird thing to worry about and sparked my question. I've always disregarded stop signs, lights, crossings and waving policemen as basically ...
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Is it OK to use pedestrian phase of pedestrian crossing to join/leave the carriageway? (UK)

If the start of my journey is on a busy road, and there is a pedestrian crossing nearby, I often take advantage of the pedestrian phase of the crossing by mounting the bike, joining the carriageway ...
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Pavement riding in Scotland

I've just moved to Edinburgh, and I understand that the land reform act 2003 lets me cycle on most land, excluding certain places like some highways or ministry of defense land. Does this mean I'm ...
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Dealing with cars harassing cyclists in the US [duplicate]

Tonight as my partner was out riding a car swerved over to the fog line as it passed and laid on the horn before speeding off. While most of the driver around here are extremely courteous something ...
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E Bike speeding (>32km/hr) Penalty?

In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, what is the penalty for riding an electric assist bike thatsurpasses 32 kilometres per hour on flat terrain? Also, what is the penalty for an e bike that surpasses the 500 ...
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How should I handle a highway patrolman who stops me occasionally to give incorrect instructions about my riding duties?

I live near a minor Tennessee town and frequently ride the few miles into town and back on state highways. Part of the route (the less busy part, ironically) has a dedicated bike lane, but it's filled ...
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Nearly getting hit by reckless vehicles. What can be done? [duplicate]

Today I nearly got hit by a driver not paying attention: I was stopped, waiting to turn right. She was turning right off the road. She did not indicate. It was a quiet residential area, daylight. ...
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How to (safely) navigate a four-way stop

What's the safest way to navigate a four-way stop on a bicycle? I've found that some cars will ignore me, others will wave me through, and still others will just treat me as any other vehicle on the ...
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Cycle law: definition of Dismounting

Some area requires you to dismount your bicycle. So what is the exact definition of dismounting your bicycle? Can you just simply dismount from your bike seat, but keep one foot on the pedal to ...
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What is the difference between a sidewalk and a mixed use path?

First off, I am normally the type to take a lane on my normal bike. However, I commute by train, and can only take a small folding bike with me. And on that thing, I am pretty slow (that also helps ...
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Why does the Uniform Vehicle Code take away a cyclist's right to use most of the roadway? [closed]

Why does the Uniform Vehicle Code take away a cyclist's right to use most of the roadway, restricting him or her to the far right? Considering (1) the numerous exceptions to the 'keep far right' law,...
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Velomobiles and UK Window Tinting Laws?

Are Velomobiles exempt from UK Window Tinting laws ? I know they are Exempt from speed limits, as speed limits only apply to Motor Vehicles. Is it the same with the Window tinting laws ?
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Biking against traffic on a one-way streets in Europe

My recent experience with new Google Maps shows that it constantly leads me against traffic on a one-way streets in Europe in general and in Poland (where I live) in particular. Are there any laws or ...
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Is a car “perfectly entitled” to turn left around cyclist

(I'm in the UK so we drive on the left) This morning a driver pulled up alongside me (to my right) at a junction. As soon as a gap came available, I pulled out to turn left and he did the same, ...
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What is the best way to approach train tracks?

I commute on my bike through an industrial area and cross many train tracks. They very in degrees: most are perpendicular to the road, but some have a very low angle. This question is two part: What ...
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Cycling too Fast [closed]

Update: I'm not really looking for any legal advice here, more looking for pointers to articles or whatever covering these topics. Last year I was involved in a road crash whilst riding to work (...
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can you use a cycle path to bypass red lights?

Okay, so this is my issue. On my commute home there is a spot where there is a light straight ahead, before the white line the cycle lane mergers with the path on the left. Does this mean i can ...
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Is it legal to ride on sidewalks in Georgia?

The title says all of it. A friend and I were trying to determine if it is legal to ride on sidewalks. Georgia has clear law explaining what cyclists should do on the road (basically obey all the ...
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Legality of opening someone else's car door?

This is in the context of having just been involved in a near miss with the car. And only applies at traffic lights whereby the car is stationary very soon after the near miss. So, generally the near ...
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Should I use lights in foggy conditions?

Today it was foggy, visibility was only slightly reduced, I already wear a high-vis on my bike but I am wondering if it is still worth me using my lights or is that overkill?
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Is it good practice to wave following cars through when safe?

When I am being followed by a car that is unable to safely overtake, I would normally take the lane and adopt primary position as recommended, making an obvious move to secondary position once it is ...
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Bike Rack from Apartment's Underground Carpark Removed - Is building management liable?

My question is somewhat similar to Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?, however, in this case, it was from my apartment's bike rack, which is managed. I live in an apartment ...
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Cycling on the sidewalk/pavement fines in belgium/netherlands

So, when cycling there is one narrow, but busy road I always 'evade' parked cars by cycling a bit on the sidewalk. I am aware this is entirely illegal, however compared to the alternative (stopping ...
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Insurance for carless cyclist in California

I am a bike commuter without a car in California, that seems to be such an unusual combination that it is difficult to find insurance. I have health + disability insurance, my bike is worth less ...
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Figures on accidents involving cyclists where motorists are using cell/mobile phones

I am trying to get hold of some figures for accident rates where either, ideally just cyclists or, just general road users & pedestrians, are involved in accidents (or reported near misses) ...
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Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.

Recently there have been an increase in the number of fixed gear bikes in my (U.S.) city. Increasingly they tend to have one or zero brake levers, justified by their ability to stop with pedal power ...
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Does this sound right: $485 ticket for not walking my bike across the street? [closed]

We got a $485.00 ticket for not walking our bikes across the street. Can i fight this? $485.00 is a bit much!!??? This ticket was given in Glendale Ca. Has this ever happened to anyone? did you fight ...
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Must a Bicyclist Riding on a Sidewalk Stop at a Stop Sign?

Riding my bicycle legally on the sidewalk, I approach an intersection controlled by a stop sign. Let's say there are wheelchair ramps at the intersection, and there may or may not be painted ...
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Is vehicular cycling legal in France?

I learned to ride in Toronto, where behaviour such as the following is legal: if there is not enough space to share the lane safely with another vehicle, it is legal to ride near the centre of the ...
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Are New York pedestrians allowed to use bike lanes? [duplicate]

In NYC, some street bike lanes (specifically, one on 8th avenue in midtown) are typically full of walking pedestrians. Is this legal? (e.g. are the pedestrians doing it actually jaywalking or ...
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Is it legal for me to ride facing traffic on the sidewalk in California?

I'm just wondering. I live in the OC by the way. I like to ride against traffic because it makes me nervous otherwise. I grew up in Brooklyn and there they tell us to ride facing traffic.
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Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?

I'm a daily commuter on my road bike. I commute into Manchester NH. Over the years drivers seem to have gotten better and better at passing me safely. I attribute this to the following: Me learning ...
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Left Turn Across Major Intersection

I'm new at biking, and have seen many examples of left-turn situations, but none that quite match this one. Simply, what is the proper / best way to complete the turn pictured below, or is it smarter ...
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What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?

A vehicle driver must keep enough braking distance (aka stopping distance) between him/her and a vehicle in front in order to avoid collision. It depends on the driving speed. What is the braking ...
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How can I mitigate the risk of public urination charges on long rides?

Qualifying offenses for the sex offender registry can include public urination. Though the chance may be small, the potential consequences are severe. Unfortunately, bladders are apparently designed ...
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Are tow-hitch bike racks legal? [closed]

I am considering buying a tow hitch and bike rack for my minivan to transport a few bikes for an upcoming vacation. I've read a few reviews of these bike racks, and many folks have said that their ...
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Reflective tape instead of rear reflector

I currently have not enough room on my seat post for a saddle bag, rear reflector and a rear light. My question is if replacing the rear reflector with reflective tape on the saddle bag would be ...