Part of my daily commute is through a city just north of Indianapolis Indiana. A new city ordinance was passed recently, and I've no problem complying with the law but I'm a bit confused by one aspect where motorists are directed to exercise due care to avoid collisions with cyclists, excerpted below, full ordinance here: http://currentincarmel.com/wp-conten...eordinance.pdf
234 (b) Drivers to exercise due care. The driver of any Motor Vehicle operating on any
235 Roadway located within the City’s corporate limits shall exercise due care to avoid
236 colliding with any person then operating a Bicycle upon such Roadway, and shall, as
237 necessary, give warning by the sounding of a horn and by exercising such other
238 precautions as are necessary to avoid a Motor Vehicle and Bicycle collision.
What piques my interest is the expected reaction of the person on the bike to the sounding of the horn by the motorist. Does this ordinance create an expectation that when a horn is sounded then any person on a bike hearing it should/must do what? look around? bail out? exit the roadway immediately?
Assuming this reminder to avoid collisions was so necessary that it had to be enrolled in an ordinance and passed into law, I guess I would prefer to see this part of it without the intermediate phrase about sounding the horn, as precautions as are necessary would have covered the bases for me.
There are a variety of interesting aspects in this ordinance impacting various stakeholder groups, so I could foresee some media article in the future when an enforcement event has taken place, as there are rules for motorists, cyclists, MUP users, pet owners, etc.).