Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SoCal (SF Valley) 91343
You know, I was on another forum asking the same question about a year ago. You would not believe the outcry from some, who acted like the people on cycles DO own the road. The swore that people on bikes have the same rights as any other motorist, and that I was wrong. So I looked up the law for CA and found that they DO NOT have the right to take up an entire lane. I can't recall the exact language but hte short version is that they are to remain TO THE RIGHT of the traffic lane within x distance (can't recall what it was) of the curb or shoulder and are only allowed to ride in the travel path of other vehicles if it is unsafe (IE sand/debris/etc in the roadway) for them to ride in their designated zone.
This weekend I had my official full speed foray into riding again, and in one of my favorite canyons, I almost apexed into a pair of cyclists who had stopped in the road on the exit of a turn. Thank god I was going slow and not pushing. Had I taken it at the SPEED LIMIT I would have taken one or both out. The kicker is that another 20 feet up the road there's actually a good asphalt shoulder about 5 feet wide. The temptation to do something drastic is nearly overwhelming at times, especially when it's the real knuckleheads who refuse to move over and insist on riding in the middle of hte lane, even when riding solo. I've even ridden even with and at the same speed as one guy who just would not move. It's amazing how quick they change their tune when you're pacing them and coming up on a curve.