There's a lot of unfounded talk here at Bike Forums about how slowly moving vehicles have no duties to share laned roads, and bicyclists would be better off fighting bike specific laws, like bikes FRAP laws, which grant cyclists in most states more rights to take the lane than other slowly driven vehicles.
there are some elements of a fringe camp posting here that think bicyclists must fight 'discriminatory' FRAP laws before they can even ride like a vehicle in most states.
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, I guess.
However, in the interests of objectivity and debate, i am going to post two typical slow moving vehicle statutes from the plains state of South Dakota.
I wonder, on reading these two different statutes - one is for bicyclists, the other for all other slowly driven vehicles - which law would you as a cyclist rather be subject to?
here's an example of two different FRAP laws. One is for bicyclists, one is for other vehicles not bicycles, in South Dakota.
32-20B-5. Operation on roadway--Riding close to right-hand curb required--Violation as misdemeanor. Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. However, a person operating a bicycle may move from the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway to overtake and pass another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction, to prepare for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or roadway or to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For purposes of this section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
and for the rest of the vehicles in south dakota
Use of right half of highway required--Slow-moving vehicles--Overtaking and passing excepted--Violation as misdemeanor. Upon all highways of sufficient width, except upon one-way streets, the driver of a vehicle shall drive the same upon the right half of the highway and shall drive a slow-moving vehicle as closely as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of such highway, unless it is impracticable to travel on such side of the highway and except when overtaking and passing another vehicle subject to the limitations applicable in overtaking and passing set forth in §§ 32-26-26 to 32-26-39, inclusive. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.