Road rules apply to cyclists, too

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Road rules apply to cyclists, too

‘Detriment to local ... community not to obey the rules of the road’
A bicyclist appears to cut off pedestrians as he rides on the sidewalk along Main Avenue. Police say bicyclists must follow the same rules as motorists. If officers see an infraction, they will stop the cyclist and decide whether to write a ticket or issue a warning.
A bicyclists goes through a red light on Main Avenue. Bicycle advocates agree cyclists should follow the rules of the road in every instance – no excuses. But some admit the rules are often broken.
Share the road

Cyclists and motorists have certain responsibilities when it comes to sharing the road:
For cyclists
Bicyclists have all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle and can be penalized for violating traffic laws.
Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn or avoiding hazards. Always ride with the flow of traffic, never against it. Ride on the paved shoulder whenever possible.
Ride single-file. Ride two abreast only when you are not impeding traffic (front or rear) or when all cyclists are on the shoulder. On curving canyon roads, play it safe and ride single-file.
Obey traffic laws, signs and signals. Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing or stopping.
Use a headlight, taillight and reflectors at night.
Make eye contact with drivers. Never assume drivers see you or that you have the right of way. Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to avoid a crash.
Always wear a helmet.
For drivers
You also need to obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
The Bicycle Safety Act requires drivers to give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing. It also allows drivers to cross the center line – when it is safe to do so – to pass a bicyclist. If you cannot pass a cyclist safely, take a deep breath and wait to pass until it is safe for you, other motorists and the cyclist to do so.
Throwing an object toward a bicyclist is a misdemeanor, and driving toward a bicyclist in a dangerous manner is a careless-driving offense.
Make eye contact with cyclists. Never assume that they have seen you. Your first responsibility also is to avoid a crash.
- Lt. Ray Shupe, Durango Police Department

Road rules apply to cyclists, too

A bicyclist appears to cut off pedestrians as he rides on the sidewalk along Main Avenue. Police say bicyclists must follow the same rules as motorists. If officers see an infraction, they will stop the cyclist and decide whether to write a ticket or issue a warning.
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A bicyclists goes through a red light on Main Avenue. Bicycle advocates agree cyclists should follow the rules of the road in every instance – no excuses. But some admit the rules are often broken.
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