Do cyclists have the right to be on the main roads?

On Behalf of | May 1, 2021 | Bicycle Accidents |

It’s surprising how many people believe that cyclists don’t have a right to be on the main road where motor vehicles operate, but the truth is that they do have a right to be there. 

Bicycles are vehicles, and as such, they are allowed to be on the road like any other motorcycle, car or truck.

Drivers should be prepared to share the lane with a cyclist

While many cyclists travel close to the edge of the road to allow drivers to pass, those who are traveling at higher speeds might opt to stay in the middle of the lane. There’s no rule that says a cyclist has to remain in a bike lane — even if it is available. 

Drivers should be aware of cyclists and be ready to share lanes with them. Drivers should not crowd a cyclist, tailgate a cyclist or try to go around a cyclist when there isn’t enough space to do so safely. 

Drivers also need to be aware of cyclists’ rights. Drivers also have no right to stop or park in a bicycle lane other than to cross while making a turn. Just as it’s legal for vehicles to pass cyclists who are traveling slowly by crossing the dotted yellow line, cyclists are also able to do this, so they can pass slower-moving cars and trucks. In other words: Cyclists are given the same rights on the road as everyone else.

When drivers hoard the road, cyclists can get hurt

Many of the accidents involving motor vehicles and cyclists can be tied to the problems cyclists face when sharing the road with drivers who don’t think they belong there. If you’ve been injured in a wreck while riding your bike, you may have the right to compensation for your losses. An experienced attorney can advocate for you with the insurance company and make sure your future is protected.