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    Kentucky Bike Laws?

    I've googled, and searched the Kentucky Legislature site, but the only "laws" I can find dealing with bikes on the road are about lights/reflectors/etc. I can't find ANYTHING about cars having to pass bikes with 3 feet of clearance (which appears to be the "universal standard"), or VC.

    I even tried asking a local cop, and HE didn't know of any bike-specific laws.

    Anyone know where I can find a list of the laws for Kentucky? Or aren't there any?

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    The only thing I could find was this link to a collection of PDF files. My reaction was a "huh"? Most of these files are very vague, or non-commital.

    http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/189-00/CHAPTER.HTM

    Any kentucky riders able to help cuddles out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trackhub
    The only thing I could find was this link to a collection of PDF files. My reaction was a "huh"? Most of these files are very vague, or non-commital.

    http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/189-00/CHAPTER.HTM

    Any kentucky riders able to help cuddles out?
    Exactly my point. I've been back and forth all through that collection (using their search function), and can't find anything. In fact, a LOT of the search results don't even mention bicycles.

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    Hmmmm. I just did a quick search and found nothing. Very interesting. There is a bicycle commission that is authorized to promulgate bicycle regulations. I haven't checked them yet. As far as passing-- there is a statute that regulates safe passing, but nothing specific in it about distance while passing. Interestingly, the same statute says a vehicle can't follow more closely than is safe.

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    I've checked with the "commision" and it's crap. Pure pork-barrel politics. Since it's inception, they've done NOTHING about bicycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhord
    Technically, that's for the University Campus (covers about 10 square miles, lots of single-lane streets). I'm in Berea, about 60 miles south of UK.

    Thanks anyway though.

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    Call your nearest state police post and ask them where in the vehicle code the section on bicycles is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dchiefransom
    Call your nearest state police post and ask them where in the vehicle code the section on bicycles is.
    Probably won't hurt just to be sure, but I really believe after looking that there is no section in the Vehicle Code that deals with bicycles (can't guarantee that, though, after what was a quick search).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddles
    Anyone know where I can find a list of the laws for Kentucky? Or aren't there any?
    Kentucky Revised Statutes

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    I've talked with a state cop. He had NO idea of any bike specific laws, other than "No riding on sidewalks or on the interstate."

    I've looked through both the KRS and the KAR lists, and there's nothing other than "Wear a helmet" and "use a reflector".

    Any further ideas? When I called 2 of the offices of legislators on the "Kentucky Bicycling Commission" they didn't even know what I was talking about until I reminded them that they're ON the commission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddles
    Technically, that's for the University Campus (covers about 10 square miles, lots of single-lane streets). I'm in Berea, about 60 miles south of UK.

    Thanks anyway though.

    Those are taken directly from the Kentucky Driver Testing Manual, so I would think they apply to more than just the UK Campus. Here is another link to the manual: (The section concerning bicycles starts on page 63)

    http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/data.htm#dl
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    Okay, made 3 phone calls today.

    First call: Local city police chief. Result: "I'm not aware of any regulations for bicycles in Kentucky, other than the requirement for a helmet."

    Second call: County sherrif's office. Result: "There are no laws on the books dealing with bicycles."

    Third call: State police office. Result: "Aside from it being illegal to ride on the interstate, the only laws I know of require you to wear a helmet, and have reflectors. We recommend you have a horn or bell of some kind, but that's optional."

    With all 3 I quoted the rules taken from the Kentucky Driver's Test manual. ALL 3 seemed suprised that those rules are even IN the manual.

    So... Who in the blue blazes do I have to talk with to get this straightened out?

    (By the way... Kentucky allows you to get a license just by taking a driving test. It's NOT a requirement for you to take the written test, or even know how to read!)

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    As far as I know there is no requirement for cyclist to wear a helmet in KY. In louisville there is an ordinance requiring helmets in city parks (they wanted to pass a helmet law for the skatepark, but they had to make it apply to all parks to be fair)

    The laws governing cyclist are listed within the KRS vehichle code sections. the rules cited in the drivers manual are all taken from KRS vehicle code.

    Did you really expect law enforcement to actually know the law?
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    Check with the Louisville Cycle Club http://www.louisvillebicycleclub.org/ or the Cincinnati Cycle Club http://www.cincinnaticycleclub.org/

    I don't know much about the Louisville Club, but the Cincinnati Club has members from Northern Ky who might know. It would be a good question for the Cincinnati forum because many Cincinnatians ride in Ky. Also, the Cincinnati Club runs a ride in Northern Ky. and someone may be familiar with the laws.

    Kathi

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    Kathi, did you used to live in Louisville? Do you have a son that goes to UK?
    If so... HI this is Kurtis.
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    The content of the driver's manual are not necessarily laws, they may be recommendations or advice. Only what is in Section 189 are vehicle laws.

    According to the definitions in 189.010.19a, a bicycle is a "vehicle" (but not a "motor vehicle" by 19b ) and so the Kentucky Statutes section 189 apply to bicycles.
    Just making it explicitly clear that the absence of bike-SPECIFIC laws doesn't mean there are no laws applying to bicycles.

    I don't know that a fixed passing clearance requirement is "universal". I believe that most states do not specify one, though a few do.

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    There are ten KAR's that mention bicycles; these are the two main KAR's for bicycles:

    Bicycle Safety Standards

    Fully-Controlled Access Highways

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    Check with bicyclingforlouisville.org and email Barry Zalph he is the man when it comes laws and safety on the road.
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