Old 04-16-19, 06:53 AM
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People seem to be having trouble with the link.

Here's the pdf of the original bill. Again, it's currently dead again, but while past performance is no guarantee of future results, this bill is a zombie, and like any good zombie, expect it to be reintroduced in a future session of the California State Assembly, again. (Hopefully by then the California Bicycle Coalition will hire a lawyer to analyze the bill text.)

Excerpt of the fatal problem:

"SECTION 1. Section 21202 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride in the right-hand lane or bicycle lane, if one is present, except under either of the following situations:
(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway."

The structure of the bill unfortunately moves the exception for "When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions... that make it unsafe to continue...." to ONLY apply to operating a bicycle in a right-hand lane that is wide enough for a vehicle and a bicycle to travel safely side by side.

So oddly, this exception does NOT apply to operating in a bike lane, and even more bizarrely, this exception does NOT apply to operating in a (substandard width) right-hand lane.

p.s. In my opinion, FRAP or FRAP with exceptions will ALWAYS be flawed, and any attempt to "fix" them is foolhardy. Just delete them already. States that aren't FRAP or FRAP with exceptions (like Massachusetts) work just fine.

-mr. bill

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