am I a glutton for punishment or what?
I was listening to public radio today and the discussion was about the effects of the new 3 foot clearance rule that is to go into effect tomorrow. A representative of the CHP and sheriff were commenting.
This is not a value judgement on the issue just my understanding of how it is to work. First, it is clear that there is no case where crossing the double yellow line is legal. That per the CHP response to a specific question. He said, absolutely not. Second, if the lane is wide enough for a car and a cyclist including the 3 foot clearance then you cannot ride two abreast. Of course we know that those lanes on that highway are not wide enough. In such a case then two cyclists have the right to take the lane even though they are slower than traffic and a car may NOT cross the yellow line to pass. However, when there are 5 cars behind the cyclists they MUST pull to the right and allow the cars to pass. Again, that is per the CHP guy. That could be a problem for everyone involved since the shoulder may be in bad condition not allowing the cyclists to pull over safely.
It is going to be interesting, especially on roads like the Angeles Crest hwy where there are going to be lots of situations where it will be illegal for cars to pass even a single cyclist since a case can be made for that road not being wide enough for a single cyclist and a car to pass without crossing the double yellow.
I suppose backed up cars can simply wait for the turnouts so the cyclists can pull over safely and let the 5 or more cars pass.