Urban Velo

The Way You Ride Is Probably A Crime

Most state vehicle codes require bicyclists to stop at every stoplight and every stop sign. Every single time. How many cyclists do that? If you are like most reasonable urban bicyclists you stop and wait for the light to turn at busy intersections. You never “blow through” stop signs. You always look for traffic when approaching even the quietest intersections. But you do not always stop. You consider yourself a safe cyclist.

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  1. AshNovember 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    That’s nowhere near the worst of it. This Illinois statute claims you can’t even pass cars on the right unless your sharrows/bike lane is 8+ feet wide.

    625 ILCS 5/11-704. When overtaking on the right is permitted

    Sec. 11-704. When overtaking on the right is permitted.
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    (b) The driver of a 2 wheeled vehicle may not pass upon the right of
    any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the unobstructed
    pavement to the right of the vehicle being passed is of a width of not less than
    8 feet.

  2. NathanaelNovember 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    But on the other hand, cars can’t legally pass YOU on the left unless they could legally pass a car on the left, in most states. How many cars follow that law?

  3. KeithJanuary 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    If that is the case then I want cars to stop passing me in no passing zones. Especially when there are cars coming from the other direction.

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