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Bicyclist’s Status – Traffic laws apply to people riding bicycles. Bicyclists riding on a roadway are granted all of the rights and are subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, with certain exceptions. (14-286a)

Lane Positioning – When riding on roadways, bicyclists are to ride as near to the right side of the roadway as is safe, as judged by the bicyclist, except:

1. When passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or
2. When preparing for a left turn; or
3. When necessary to avoid conditions, including but not limited to fixed objects, parked vehicles, pedestrians or surface hazards, or
4. When the lane is too narrow for a bicycle and motor vehicle to travel safely side by side within such lane, or
5. Approaching an intersection with a right turn only lane, a bicyclist proceeding straight may ride on the left-hand side of such lane, or
6. When riding on a one way street, the bicyclist may ride as near to the left side of the roadway as judged safe by the bicyclist. (14-286bas amended by PA15-41)

Left Turns – Bicyclists may choose between a vehicular style left turn or a pedestrian style left turn(14-286c). For the pedestrian style left turn, the bicyclist approaches as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the highway, proceeds across the intersecting roadway and makes such turn as close as practicable to the curb or edge of the highway on the far side of the intersection.

Riding Two Abreast – Thisis permitted as long as it does not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. Riding more than two abreast is prohibited except on paths or roadways for the exclusive use of bicycles. (14-286b)

Hand Signals – Bicyclists are required to give the same turn signals as motorists, with the exception that a right turn may be indicated by extending the right hand and arm horizontally. Signals need not be given continuously. (14-286c)

Use of Sidewalks – Local ordinances may prohibit bicyclists from using sidewalks. Where riding on sidewalks is allowed, bicyclists on sidewalks must yield to pedestrians and have the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians. (14-286)

Lights and other equipment on Bicycles – Bicyclists must use lights during the times and conditions that motor vehicle operators must use lights. When lighting is required, a front lamp, with a white light visible from at least 500 feet, and arear reflector and side reflectors on both sides, visible from at least 600 feet, are required. A bicycle must have a brake that enables the operator to stop within 25 feet on dry, level, clean pavement from10 miles per hour. (14-288)

Two or More on a Bicycle – Bicycles shall not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. (14-286b)

Helmet – Those15 years of age and under must wear a bicycle helmet (14-286d)

Vehicles Passing Bicycles – Safe passing distance means not less than three feet when the driver of a vehicle overtakes and passes abicyclist(14-232). Drivers must take care when passing a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction to avoid turning right and impeding the travel of the person riding the bicycle(14-242). A driver may pass a bicycle in a no passing zone if such overtaking and passing can be done safely (14-234, as amended by PA15-41).



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    Charles B.

    Unfortunately 1 year ago I was in a very bad bicycle accident and also took out some of my fellow riders. Fortunately though Ben from Bike Accident Attorneys was on that same bike ride and what a blessing that was for me and those that were also involved. Him and his staff were amazing and so helpful with everything. He was a tremendous help and the greatest thing was not only was I represented professionally, but I gained a close friend and riding teammate. Thank you Ben and to your wonderful staff!

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    Kristi R.

    I was referred to Ben and his firm when I was hit by a car. Before I hired him as my attorney, Ben spent an enormous amount of time with me both answering my questions, as well as making sure I was comfortable with the process, timelines, and possible outcomes. Throughout the case I was given timely status reports and updates on the discussions from both sides. Not only was the service provided top notch, but Ben himself is a pleasure to work with. If this is ever something you find yourself in need of, there is no better place to go than BAA.

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