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New law forces cyclists to pull over when traffic backs up

New law forces cyclists to pull over when traffic backs up

Cyclists will now be classed as ‘slow moving vehicles’ and must pull over if five or more cars are following… Cyclists in the Californian state of Sonoma County are to be forced to pull over to allow traffic to pass, after a new law was codified, coming into force in the new year. Bicycles, now classed as ‘slow moving vehicles’, now have to pull in whenever five or more cars are behind them. The new rule goes hand in hand with a requirement for motorists to give cyclists at least a three foot berth when they overtake. In addition to these regulations, electric bikes are to be classified according to their speeds. Operators of the fastest bikes, capable of going 28 mph, must be at least 16 and wear a helmet. Gary Helfrich, executive director of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition told the Press Democrat (link is external) : “Sharing the road goes both ways. “We always teach in bike safety classes it’s how to behave anyway. “Cyclists aren’t required to stand down in a drainage ditch as you drive by,” he added. In the UK, Rule 169 of the Highway Code states you must not hold up a […]

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