Do cyclists have to use cycle lanes?

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asked Aug 15 in Safety by itsash (1,260 points)
Do cyclists have to use cycle lanes?

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answered Aug 15 by wideopendoor (5,170 points)
When there's cycle lanes you should always use the cycle lanes although you can still use the road lane depending on local laws.

You should also ride your bicycle with traffic and not against traffic.

The 2 safety checks before riding a bicycle are to check the bicycle wheels to see if they are still on tight and also check your brakes to see if the brakes are working.

The things you should check on your bicycle before riding the bicycle are.

Check your tire pressure.
Check wheel quick-releases.
Check your brakes.
Check your wheels.
Check your crank arms and pedals.
Check stem and headset.
Check your chain.

Your legs should be straight when riding a bike and when both feet are positioned parallel to the floor (3 o'clock and 9 o'clock), the forward knee should be over the ball of your foot.

A cyclist can pass on the left or right depending on if it's safe to do so at the time.

Always pass on the left or right when safe to do so and pay attention to stay safe.

If another bicyclist audibly signals that they are passing you on the left, you must give way to the right and let the other cyclist pass to the left.

There is no speed limit for cyclists.

Cyclists or bicycle riders do not not have to follow or obey speed limits as it's unlikely that a bicycle or cyclists would get up to enough speed to go any faster or even up to the speed limit posted.

Cyclists do have to stop at Zebra crossings as well as pedestrian crossings and Yield the right away for Zebras and humans to cross.

Cyclists can get fined for violating traffic laws just like drivers or motorcycle riders can.

Even when you're just riding a bicycle you still have to obey every traffic law that drivers would have to obey too such as stopping for red lights, stopping at stop signs etc.

If you fail to obey the traffic laws and run a red light, stop sign etc with your bicycle you can get pulled over by the police if they see you and get ticketed.

If someone turns you in for violating a traffic law on a bicycle then you can also get ticketed if it's proved that you did violate the traffic law.

In all 50 states, people on bikes are required to follow the same laws as other drivers.

Everyone on the road is entitled to the lane width they need.

This includes the space behind, to each side and the space in front.

As bicycles are considered vehicles, bicyclists on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers.

Bicycle riders and cyclists should ride in the same direction as other traffic.

Drivers must be careful when driving close to cyclists.

Drivers should not drive too closely to the bicycle when passing.

If the intersection isn't set up for cyclists, they are more likely to ride through a red light.

Riding through the intersection before the light turns green gives cyclists an advantage over motorists, in that it can make cyclists more visible and enable them to avoid being in a car's blind spot.

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