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    Kudos to North Dakota DOT

    Here is an excerpt from the North Dakota DOT Rules of the Road book which is used in drivers' education and as preparation for testing for a driver's permit/license. They have included a fairly comprehensive section on safely sharing the road with bicycles. Please note that this is a DOT publication NOT state statute, so the wording does not precisely match the law and blends regulations with tips and suggestions.


    SHARING THE ROAD WITH BICYCLES
    Bicyclists are required to follow the same road rules as motorists. This is important because
    it establishes clear expectations for bicyclists as well as motorists. However, bicyclists
    generally travel at slower speeds than motorists which can create special considerations for
    sharing the road safely.
    • Remember to reduce speed when encountering bicyclists.
    • Bicyclists shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as feasible, but may take the
    entire lane when hazards, road width, or traffic speed dictate. Recognize situations that
    may be potentially dangerous to bicyclists and give them space.
    • When passing, maintain a safe operating distance between your car and a bicyclist. Pass
    a bicyclist only when road and traffic conditions dictate that it is safe to do so. Check
    over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist and before moving back to normal position.
    In inclement weather, give bicyclists extra room.
    • Scan for bicyclists in traffic, particularly at intersections. Most crashes involving a motor
    vehicle and a bicyclist occur at intersections. Allow bicyclists extra time to cross intersections.
    • When turning right, check your blind spot for bicyclists before initiating the turn. Motorists turning left must yield to bicyclists who are approaching from the opposite direction.
    • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable and may not have adequate knowledge of
    traffic laws. Children may be harder to see because they are typically smaller than adults..
    So, expect the unexpected and slow down!
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    that could serve as model driver education materials for state DMV materials.

    I think its a little wordy for the average 'merican though. got to dumb it down and add lots of pictures and graphics for todays' motorists to 'get it' from anything the DMV hands out.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

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    Naw, just text it to them. That way they'll get it while they are driving so it will be fresh in their minds Maybe we could get Justin Beiber to tweet it.
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    That sure isn't your grandfather's ND, or even your father's. Not the ND that I've grown up to know, the times are a changin'.

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    nice.

    FWIW, here's NZ's version of a driver's manual, from NZ's version of a DOT - http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/ro...-cyclists.html

    certainly some stuff i'll copy from the ND book and "suggest" they include in the NZ book... after switching left/right.

    that said, we've got some good stuff that y'all don't, like mention of car doors.
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." - H.G. Wells

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    The only people who bicycle across North Dakota are Nuclear Scientists.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11629987@N02/sets/72157639939606343/

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    Quote Originally Posted by smasha View Post
    nice.

    FWIW, here's NZ's version of a driver's manual, from NZ's version of a DOT - http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/ro...-cyclists.html

    certainly some stuff i'll copy from the ND book and "suggest" they include in the NZ book... after switching left/right.

    that said, we've got some good stuff that y'all don't, like mention of car doors.

    It's not in the DOT book, but there is a statute that requires due care when opening car doors and making the person opening said door responsible for damage or injury to passing traffic or pedestrians. It also prohibits leaving a door open on the traffic side for longer than it takes to load or unload passengers, and prohibits blocking a public walkway with a vehicle door except for loading and unloading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    The only people who bicycle across North Dakota are Nuclear Scientists.
    ???????

    Actually ND is part of the Adventure Cycling Association's Northern Tier and Lewis and Clark Routes. North Dakota is host to thousands of bike tourists from all walks of life and is home to the Maah Daah Hey Trail which is a destination for off road cycling enthusiasts from around the world. The state is thick with cyclists from late March through October and there is an active cycling subcuture that rides year round.

    Have you ever been here? If you ever are going to Fargo (it's nothing like the movie which wasn't even filmed there) PM me and I'll hook you up with the locations of a couple of great bike shops, one of which has an outstanding cafe for homeade soup, sandwiches, and gelato. Hit the right day and you can join us on a club ride through the Red River Valley of the North (Texas gets POed if we don't include the "of the North" part).
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