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Old 08-27-05, 06:47 AM   #1
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Right of Way

I usually don't worry about these things but today I got really annoyed. I was stuck behind some ancient combine harvester going at about 2mph. He couldn't see me, I reckon, and wasn't going to pull in to let a bicycle pass him on a narrow country road. He did for a car though.

It was a couple of hundred yards from town, so I just decided to sit there behind him and wait. Another car appeared and started driving parallel to me, which I thought was dangerous. The car then sort of cruised out on the wrong side of the road beside me forcing the combine to let her pass. He did. As she was driving beside me I gave her a WTF are you doing stare and then beckoned for her to pass while I dropped down a bit.

I'm in Ireland and I guess most of you guys are in America but generally does a bike have the same status as a car or are you supposed to pull over and not interfere with Mr. Motorist?

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Old 08-27-05, 08:35 AM   #2
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I'm in Ireland and I guess most of you guys are in America but generally does a bike have the same status as a car or are you supposed to pull over and not interfere with Mr. Motorist?

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Yep, same road, same rules, at least that's what the law states. Unfortunately, driver's education is an urban myth in some areas, so many drivers are ignorant of the law.

Try www.massbike.org for a listing of bike-related laws by state.
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Old 08-27-05, 08:42 AM   #3
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Was it "he couldn't see me" or "he wasn't going to pull in"? How did he know you were there if he couldn't see you?
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Well I'm not sure what exactly was the case. He probably did see me. What I annoyed me was the car driver driving beside me.

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Well here its starting to get on the bikepath now. I have seen it in the last month, more and more of the high school and up non-roadbike riders riding in the wrong lane and now they dont move out of the way,i have to go into the other lane to go around because they dont move. Its like,we are here now so change the way you ride for us. I'm getting closer to quitting. Its getting way out of hand,the wrong way riding and i've never seen a ticket given,never even seen a cop stop someone.
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