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Trooper Rob: Bicyclists must obey vehicle rules of the road

Published 2:50pm Monday, June 10, 2013

Although I have written about bicycle laws many times before, questions are still being asked about proper procedures. Below are a few questions I have been asked in schools, restaurants and at other recent forums.

Do we (bicyclists) have to follow traffic laws?  MVC 257.656(3)states “The regulations applicable to bicycles under sections 656 to 662 shall apply when a bicycle is operated upon a highway or upon a path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in sections 656 to 662.”

Do we (bicyclists) have to ride on the right side of the road or can we ride on the left to see oncoming traffic?  MVC 257.634(1) states “Upon each roadway of sufficient width, the driver of a vehicle shall drive the vehicle upon the right half of the roadway… Since a bicyclist has all the rights and is subject to all duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle according to MVC 257.657, they must ride in the right half of the roadway.

With the warm weather approaching, so are people committing scams. Although there are many legitimate companies performing very good work, there are many others who take advantage of people. I will not mention any names being investigated, of course. What I will do is suggest that everyone be aware. If workers are “just driving by” and have a deal for you, be aware. Most companies don’t solicit in that manner. You have ways to protect yourself. Call the company office to verify that the workers have permission to “sell” or “advertise” their services in that manner. Get a written estimate of what services are to be provided. If anything else is performed, confirm the written paperwork. Do not be bullied or pressured into any services. Call the Better Business Bureau and check for any complaints.

If you feel a criminal offense has been committed against you, call your local police department. Some of these incidents may be a civil situation. You may have to contact an attorney for proper representation in this situation.

Be aware. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Watch this article for summer programs that will be having. I and my counterparts will be doing classes again this summer with Radkids, CERT, driving programs and neighborhood watch. Call me at the Post if you have a request for community classes for your organization at (269) 683-4411.

Email your questions and comments to Trooperrob53@yahoo.com.

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