Archive for Saturday, February 7, 1998

WALKER/BIKER SOUNDOFF

February 7, 1998

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What is the law about riding your bicycle on residential streets? My understanding was that if you're on a bicycle, you should ride in a bike lane if there is one. And if there isn't one, you should ride in the street with traffic. Could you clarify this?

Sgt. Susan Hadl, Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman, said city ordinances prohibit bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks in a business district such as the downtown area. Bicyclists who ride in the street must, like motorists, obey all traffic laws and ordinances. When riding on a roadway, the bicyclists shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible, unless turning left, passing a slower vehicle or dodging objects. "Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway." (Section 131 Standard Traffic Ordinances)

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