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Concerning laws concerning bicycling, and their enforcement.

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Why is it safer to bike with traffic, instead of facing oncoming cars?

There has been an ongoing debate in my area's local newspaper, regarding biking with vs. against the flow of traffic. A recent incident in which a cyclist was hit from behind, and later died of his ...
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Can cyclists legally ride on the sidewalk?

Can cyclists ride on the sidewalk? What if the road in question has no bike lane? If cyclists can ride on the sidewalk, does it matter which side of the road the sidewalk is on? I live in California - ...
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Which states or countries have stop-sign-as-yield laws for bicyclists (Idaho stop law)?

In Idaho (PDF), bicyclists are allowed to treat stop signs as yields, and red lights as stop signs (essentially; see the actual law for details). This seems like a very reasonable approach, balancing ...
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Are runners or pedestrians allowed to use the bike lane?

This morning on my commute I encountered a runner in the bike lane I was riding in. This irked me because: The bike lane was on a busy street, with three lanes of motor vehicle traffic in each ...
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If I report intentional dangerous driving to police, will it have any effect?

Today I was riding ~3 feet out from parked cars (dooring is the most common way to get killed) and this pickup truck comes up behind me and just lays on its horn for an entire block. The driver was ...
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Is it generally the case that bikes are allowed to use the “full lane”?

Many blogs and other sources of information on cycling advocate "riding like a car" or "taking the lane" as a way to increase safety and visibility when riding on a road. But such advice presupposes ...
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Are public bicycle rack providers liable if your bicycle is stolen from their rack?

My bicycle was insured and locked to a leisure centre provided bicycle rack while I was in the leisure centre and was stolen by the time I came out. I was later informed that someone else had their ...
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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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Is it legal for me to ride a bicycle on the pavement (sidewalk)?

UK only, just wanted to check if it's actually legal. The area I'm living on is deadly on the roads, so want to know about riding on pavements (sidewalk/pedestrian walkways) instead where there is no ...
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Can you be ticketed for breaking the speed limit on a bike?

Given that bikes aren't required to have a speed indicator, can you be arrested or ticketed for breaking the speed limit on a bike?
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Is it legal to pass a car on the right when that car is turning?

So I've been poring over the bikes SE, and as a recreational biker and an automobile commuter, I'm naturally most interested in topics addressing how bikes interact with automotive traffic. In one ...
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If I'm riding on the road, and there is a red light but a walk signal in my direction, should I go?

I frequently come to stop lights in which there is an all-way stop and a pedestrian signal. I always stop at such lights, but I'm wondering if I should then bike slowly across after determining that ...
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Should unconventional colors be avoided for lighting?

Red/amber lights in the rear of the vehicle, white lights, in front of it: that is the good old convention and certainly switching their places is a bad idea. A quick search, however, shows other ...
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When should cyclists use pedestrian facilities?

I generally try to ride in traffic as a vehicle, following the rules of the road, stopping at red lights, taking the lane, etc. In many urban areas, you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk (...
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What is the “3 foot law” and which US states have it?

Some states seem to have something called the 3 foot law to keep cars away from cyclists. Why 3 feet? Which states in the USA have it?
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After an accident, what next?

Cycling home in the dark a car pulled across me to enter a super market car park. Apparently the car that let him cross didn't remove their full beam so he didn't see me in the cycle lane and I hit ...
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Should I fight a ticket I got for riding my bicycle in a crosswalk? [closed]

I was riding my bicycle home. I live on a one way and was waiting in the crosswalk while oncoming traffic down the one-way was green. This was at a 4 way intersection. There was no oncoming traffic ...
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Are Penny-Farthings Legal to Ride on Public Roads (UK)

Are Penny-Farthings legal to ride on public roads in the UK? Note: For laws regarding riding Penny-Farthings on public roads in other countries-ie "US" or "EU"- please start a new ...
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Do cyclists warrant special consideration under traffic laws?

I recently saw a YouTube channel where a motorist with an agenda has taken it upon himself to film cyclists as they break traffic laws. Most (perhaps not all) of the actions I observed would be what I ...
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Does it make sense to complain to companies about bad driving?

On my commute in this morning I found myself in another situation where I was in conflict with another road user. (Briefly, a truck and I arrived at a roundabout at a roughly similar time, but I was ...
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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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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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Must cyclist yield to car turning right across a bike lane into driveway?

While riding in the bike lane on a four lane street in Northern California, a car passed me on my left, stopped in the right-hand lane twenty to thirty feet ahead of me, and signaled to turn right ...
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Reflective tape instead of rear reflector, in Australia

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 ...
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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 a three foot passing law actually require drivers to give three feet?

Utah has a three foot passing law that states: Title 41 Chapter 6a Section 706.5 Operation of motor vehicle near bicycle prohibited. An operator of a motor vehicle may not knowingly, ...
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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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What statutes govern the directing of traffic by citizens in Massachusetts?

Are there laws or statutes governing the directing of traffic by citizens or "members of the public"? A scenario I often encounter is one in which someone — typically another rider or pedestrian in a ...