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Concerning laws concerning bicycling, and their enforcement.

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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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Idaho Stop: Should I stop at a stop sign when an oncoming vehicle has a stop sign too?

In an "Idaho Stop" context, what is the best thing to do for a cyclist approaching a 4-way stop at the same time as a vehicle approaching from another direction? Should the cyclist Proceed ...
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Is it illegal to cycle with one brake? [closed]

After refurbishing my mountain bicycle I have discovered I need a new cable for my rear brake. My front brake works perfectly fine and that is the only one I use. I will be getting the rear brake ...
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Any countries where there's a general speed limit for bicycles?

This not about e-bikes/e-bicycles or e-scooters, it's about the conventional human powered 2/3 wheeled vehicles, about the plain old bicycle. I would like to know which countries (Europe mostly) have ...
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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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Why are bicycles considered vehicles and not “walking aid”?

The Bicycles.SE blog states "Cyclists are vehicles, not pedestrians.". I think most of this community, plus most of the laws agree with that. However, a cyclist has the speed, mass and ...
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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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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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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 the hazards and risks if I keep using a worn rear tyre?

I found similar questions: What are the risks of fenders/mudguards? What are the risks of untrued wheels? But I haven't found a structured analysis on the subject of tyres. Stack exchange ...
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Can I use reflective tape instead of a rear reflector in the UK?

My road bike isn't fitted with a rear reflector as I got it second hand and I think they removed it. If I purchased some red reflective tape and fitted it around the seatpost/seatstay, would this make ...
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Color conventions for side (wheel) reflectors (yellow and white)

Spoke reflectors, as far as I know, often come in two colors: yellow and white. Is there a convention as to which one should go on the back wheel and which one should go on the front wheel? For ...
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In the UK, is there any (legal or similar) limit on bike+trailer length?

With a couple of miles of quiet lanes, and around 10 miles of fairly straight bike path that takes me right to a river I'd like to go kayaking in. I've got a trailer that my daughter is too tall for ...
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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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E-bike speed limit in Ontario, Canada

In Ontario, Canada, may I pedal my e-bike up to the road's posted speed limit without motor assistance? Like if my bike does 31 mph but the speed limit is higher, can I travel to that speed without ...
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Are Velomobiles street legal in the UK?

I saw a question about velomobiles and recumbent bikes and I was wondering if they were street legal in the UK? Can you ride one on a cycle path or would you have to stick to roads?
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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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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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How do hand signals vary between countries?

There are several conventions on how to signal properly The simple method (straight left arm = left, straight right arm = right) This answer on SE depicts a left-arm-only way of signalling (straight ...
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Are there mandatory bike paths in Netherlands?

Doing a trip in Europe. I know in UK the bike paths are optional. You can ride on them or you can ride on the road, whatever feels better for you. Somebody told me that in Netherlands most bike paths ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...