Sharing the Road is a Two way Street

"Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." According to the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition, cyclists should obey all traffic laws and ride in a manner that is predictable to motorists. By behaving in this way a cyclist becomes a good ambassador for bicycling.

On the other hand, motorists must acknowledge a cyclists' legal right to the entire lane not just the two feet near the shoulder. No bicyclist sets off with the intention of slowing anyone down or getting in anyone's way. And no cyclist wants to be hit by a automobile either.

Vermont law requires motor vehicle drivers to drive in a manner that is safe and that respects the right of way of other vehicles on the road. Bicycles are given all the rights and responsibilities of other vehicles under 23 VSA § 1136(c). Bicyclists are legally allowed to ride on the road.

New Hampshire law even provides for a three foot buffer at 30 mph and 1 foot for every 10 mph above 30 mph when passing a bicycle on the road. Don't let impatience cloud your good sense; treat a bicyclist like you would a farmer on a tractor. Slow down, pass when it's safe. Both the farmer and the bicyclist represent attractive portions of our rural and scenic economy.


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