Letters to the Editor

Vehicle code leaves no room for cyclist riding two abreast

In response to Chris Black (“Laws surrounding cycling aren’t that hard to understand,” July 2), riding single file and the 3 Feet for Safety Act, I offer the following from the California Vehicle Code:

CVC21202.A. Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations”: (four situations follow, with one being the overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction).

The wording “shall ride as close as practicable to the right” is sometimes misunderstood by police officers as well as cyclists. Riding two abreast is not as close as practicable to the right and is a hindrance to vehicle traffic and the safety of all involved.

If you are riding a bicycle in vehicle traffic, you must ride in a safe and practical manner, not side by side. Please do not condone riding other than single file. It is the law.

D. Newman, Atascadero