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Old 09-21-09, 09:39 AM   #1
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New ordinance in Woodfin, NC

There's a new Woodfin ordinance in effect. I saw a sign on Riverside Drive across the road from the riverside park between Old Leicester Hwy and Elk Mountain Dr stating that "Bicyclists must ride single file". The ordinance is 71.11, but I haven't found anything on the web to say whether it's specific to Riverside Drive or anywhere within the Woodfin town limits. Anyone else know anything about this?
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Have you tried contacting the local authorities?

Get a big group together. Put the slowest rider in front. Make sure everyone follows that ordinance -- until the locals police stop you and demand to know what's up. Calmly inform them that you're following the ordinance -- so no one can pass any slower cyclist -- and the result is a LONG line.

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Interesting question whether the local ordinance is preempted by NC state law. Haven't checked the NC statute, but many state statutes provide that you can't ride more than 2 abreast (and have to be single file if riding 2 apreast would impede traffic.)

If that is in fact the NC statute, you may well have a good argument that the State statute would trump a city wide ban on riding 2 abreast.

I wouldn't rely on that argument, but if you did get ticketed, it would certainly be worth looking into.
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As far as I know, there's no law in NC that requires bicyclists to ride single file, nor is there a law that gives cyclists the right to ride two or more abreast. I think courtesy is the key here. I don't think that it should be a regulated thing.
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taken directly from the NC Bike/Ped laws guidebook,
'Riding Two or More Abreast
There is no law that requires bicyclists to ride single file, nor is there a law that gives cyclists the right to ride two or more abreast. Some other states address this issue in their statutes, but there is no consistent treatment. It is always important to ride responsibly and courteously, so that cars may pass safely.'

unfortunately here says that local ordinances can address 'issues.' Since there is no law about 2 abreast they can enforce a local ordinances. At least the way I'm reading it. Sorta the way this is presented,
'Riding on Sidewalks
The General Statutes do not address bicycling on sidewalks. Rather this issue is usually addressed through local ordinances. Please refer to the section on Local Ordinances on page 24 of this guide.'
I know in Beaufort if you're riding on the sidewalk the cops will stop you and yell at you and tell you to get on the road, unless you're a kid and you don't belong on the road.
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(and have to be single file if riding 2 apreast would impede traffic.)
Not sure what this really even means in most cases. If you're on the country roads that most roadies frequent you can't safely pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow. At that point, what does it matter how far left of center you have to go? It shouldn't slow you down any more or less.

What the law is asking you to do is make it easier for motorists to pass you in an unsafe manner.
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