[Nothing on this blog should be confused for legal advice. I am not a lawyer, public official, or officer of the law. You, the reader, are liable for your own behavior and knowledge.]

Friday, July 27, 2012

Passing in a No Passing Zone

Can I pass a cyclist by crossing the solid yellow line in a No Passing Zone?

Yes, you can (and should) pass a cyclist by crossing a solid line when it is safe to do so. In fact, there is an exception written into the traffic code for this in most places. Even if there is not, no police officer is likely to fault you for this--so long as you're being safe.

One place where this happens often is when a cyclist is climbing a hill. Since most hills obstruct the the view of oncoming traffic, the ascending lanes on hills tend to be No Passing Zones. Motorists should take extreme caution when passing cyclists in this situation as it is impossible to see oncoming traffic beyond the hill. When in doubt, be patient.

Many cyclists will move further right than they normally would in these situations, sometimes even into the shoulder, in order to allow faster traffic more room to pass; this, however, is not always possible or advisable and certainly isn't required.

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