states without BIKES-FRAP law require bikes operate FRAP on all roads
well, in continuing with the topic at hand in the VC subforum,
what are cyclists road rights?
I've been looking at some of the states without bike specific share the road FRAP laws.
Some ardent fringers in the bike advocacy community rally cyclists to fight all bike specific laws, and to fight to remove bicyclists specific protections under law.
these arguments are not only specious, they are malicious, and instead are a fight to suborn cyclists to far more restrictive conditions.
Some in this forum suggest this legal condition (no bike specific law granting lane rights) represents a much better social, legal and operational climate for bicyclists. Their argument relies on wholly unsubstantiated claims that absent BIKES FRAP laws, bicyclists are allowed to take any lane position in the right hand lane of any laned roadway and wouldn't have to operate to share the road on two lane roads.
Those suggestions are unsubstantiated, and directly contradicted by operational dictates of the states that treat cyclists under the generic SMV FRAP requirements. There are only a handful of states without BIKES FRAP laws, and when their traffic laws are given even a rudimentary perusal, one thing jumps out:
Bikes have a legal obligation to operate FRAP on all roads.
Instead of the grand 'bicycle drivers' fantasy of road equality, the reality of no bike specificity in traffic law is far, far more restrictive.
Iowa- no BIKES FRAP law, requires bikes ride FRAP on all roads.
North Carolina- no BIKES FRAP law, requires bikes ride FRAP on all roads.
Kentucky - no BIKES FRAP law, requires bikes ride FRAP on all roads.
Indiana - no BIKES FRAP law, requires bikes ride FRAP on all roads.
I haven't had a chance to take a look at the handful of states remaining without bikes frap laws, but one thing is clear:
the prevailing interpretations from compelling authorities in states with no BIKES FRAP law is most assuredly NOT the candy land fantasy portrayed by cyclists seeking to take away our road rights.