Answerland: Bike-riding rules? |

Answerland: Bike-riding rules?

I thought cyclists only could ride two abreast only when a vehicle was at least 300 feet away. But a May 31 story “Conflict between bikes, cars continues” did not include that information. Why not?

The story should have included the information because the law changed recently. Gov. Bill Owens signed a law that nixed the 300-foot rule in June 2005, said Brad Tucker, Denver attorney and volunteer for Bicycle Colorado.

Cyclists should not have to look behind them for cars when they should be looking ahead, said Tucker, who testified in support of the bill for a House committee. The House voted 41 to 21 and the Senate voted 27 to 6 in favor of the bill.

Now, riding no more than two abreast is permitted when it will not impede the normal flow of traffic or when riding on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, according to Colorado statute. Cyclists riding two abreast must ride within a single lane, it states.

The law changed in two other ways. Bicyclists may now ride through crosswalks without having to dismount, Tucker said. Bicyclists may signal left turns with their left arms extended and right turns with their right arms extended, he said.

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