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Old 08-19-10, 09:16 PM
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Down here in OR, I do just what you do: stay on the roadway. Our vehicle code specifies that we may use sidewalks (and shoulders) but are not required to, thus we cannot be forced to leave the road to take the slower and more dangerous pedestrian route. My city has been putting these things in with the same signage, but my city is pretty anti-bike. Also, reread your vehicle code regarding bike lanes in door zones. Ours allows bikes to leave the bike lane for hazards; door zones are specifically mentioned as a hazard to be avoided in the FRAP section. Somehow that doesn't stop our local traffic engineers from putting the bike lanes in the door zones.
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