judging from the recent thread, there are some in the cycling education and advocacy community that would have cyclists believe that they are prohibited from travelling away from the edge absent a legal excuse.
Well, this ec effective curbhug is marginal and potentially unsafe road positioning advice and does not recognize cyclists in most states are free, absent other faster traffic present at the time, to operate on the right hand side of the road, then pull safely right, as far right as is practicable when faster traffic is overtaking.
this is the case in about two thirds of the states: there are only about a dozen, like ohio, that legally require cyclists to stay safely right, presumably in anticipation of faster traffic overtaking. most other states have no such constrainment, and cyclists are free to
Originally Posted by anon.
cyclists, cycling educators, or cycling authors that try to advise cyclists are constrained to curbhug as a default position unless there is an excuse, under their personal misinterpretation of cyclists rights, are doing cyclists a grave disfavor when they marginalize cyclists rights.
do not listen to overly simplistic constrainments to operate at the edge of the road using an EC, effective curbhugging method. it is unwise and it is potentially unsafe riding with a marginalized and false sense of where to position oneself on the road.
check your state traffic codes. In california, cyclists are clearly and explicitly required to operate FRAP only when there is faster traffic present. the law only requires frap when there is faster traffic present at the time, otherwise simply riding on the right side of the middle of the road (generally) meets the legal demands of cyclists in California and a preponderate majority of other states.
riding an effective curbhug is NOT the law in most states. Do not listen to those that marginalize with their misleading effective curbhugging advice.
I live in washington state, another state that requires cyclists operate frap when other traffic is present. I am legally allowed to operate well away from the far right side of the road unless there is faster traffic present.
This allows me on my daily rides to maximize my sightlines and visibility to oncoming, overtaking and cross traffic when there is no other faster traffic needing to overtake. I am allowed to position myself in the middle of unstriped neighborhood roads and collector streets without a middle line, and can legally position myself a foot from the center dividing line on striped, laned roads unless there is faster traffic present at the time.
This style of vehicular cycling has been characterized by John Franklin as using primary/secondary road positioning - operating in a primary road & lane position absent overtaking traffic, and only moving to a secondary ,as far right as practicable position to allow faster traffic to pass. This reflects the laws in most states, the standards in the UVC as well as unwritten fair duties sharing roads with faster traffic.
This primary/secondary positioning is legally allowed by bicyclists in both california and washington state - states that some bicycling educators would have cyclists believe are 'constrained to the edge' of roads unless a legal excuse is demonstrated.
the 'legally constrained to the edge absent an excuse' EC curbhug is an inaccurate misrepresentation of cyclists rights in most states.