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South Dakota bill would make cyclists get off bike to let cars pass

South Dakota bill would make cyclists get off bike to let cars pass

State makes early bid for most ridiculous piece of cycling legislation … but there is competition Cyclists in South Dakota would be required to get off the road and dismount from their bikes to let faster-moving vehicles pass them under proposed amendments to existing state law.

The planned changes would also remove their right to ride in primary position where road width makes it unsafe for cyclists and motorists to travel alongside one another.

According to Cycleicio.us (link is external) , a bill introduced to the state house of representatives last week has been sponsored by around one in 10 members both of that house and the state’s senate.

Currently, cyclists riding “at less than the normal speed of traffic” are required to “ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway,” with some exceptions.

Those are “to overtake and pass another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction, to prepare for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or roadway, or to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, or surface hazards, or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe […]

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