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State Suggests More Space for Cyclists
It may interest readers to know that the #1 complaint that motorists make to the VBPC about bicyclists is that they don’t ride single ?le to allow cars to pass. Reports of bicyclists riding three or four abreast are commonplace. The Northeast Kingdom and Chittenden County are areas where this behavior is a particular concern. On the ?ip side, the #1 complaint that bicyclists report to the VBPC is the lack of adequate shoulders. A close second is the complaint that motorists drive aggressively, passing the cyclist too closely and too quickly while sometimes yelling or throwing things. Relations between bicyclists and motorists will improve when all roadway users adopt the respectful, courteous “Share the Road” mindset.
Riding Two Abreast: Is It Legal?
According to VT statute: “Persons riding two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic...” This law means that two bicyclists riding side-by-side must switch to single file if their activity is interfering with the customary flow of motor vehicles. Bicyclists who don’t single up appropriately due to ignorance, thoughtlessness, or arrogance are giving all bicyclists in Vermont a black eye. Please do your part to establish good rapport with other roadway users by observing the law and by encouraging your fellow riders to do the same. Help the Coalition to eliminate the number one complaint lodged against bicyclists in Vermont.
Bicyclists: Yield to Horses!
A horse can become frightened when a bicyclist passes the horse without warning. Fear can cause a horse to bolt, causing harm to the rider, the horse, property, and/or others in the path. Cyclists should speak to the horseback rider before attempting to pass to avoid startling the rider or the horse. The law requires that all bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists yield to horses.
The Better World Club offers bicycle-only and car-and-bike membership, including insurance and free roadside assistance. Better World Club offers VBPC members a 10% discount on new membership. The VBPC receives a donation for every new sign-up. Use this code to receive 10% off your membership: VTBP2121