I get the concept that when you are riding on the road you are considered a vehicle and thereby must follow the laws as a motor vehicle.
However when you are not on the road you are considered a pedestrian and do not follow the same rules as a motor vehicle.
What about MUP's (Multi Use Path)? Motor vehicles are not allowed there and only pedestrians are allowed.
I understand the purpose and impact to safety these signs are intended for, but are we by law forced to follow speed limits and stop signs of a MUP as a pedestrian?
Anyone have any experience with this?
I recently read an article where there was a police trap at the bottom of a hill in NY and they were ticketing all cyclist that went over 15mph. The same night the city forced the policemen to personally go to the doors of each ticketed cyclist to apologize and rescinded the ticket.
When you ride as an adult, you have the same rights and responsibilities of any other vehicle operator. Just because a MUP is for non-motor vehicles doesn't exclude you as a rider from the same responsibilities you have on a road.
Like EpicSchwinn said this varies by jurisdiction. The best way to find out is to look at your state (or province) code and find the laws governing bicycles, and make sure you understand where those laws apply.