[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.]

Monday, August 6, 2012

Approaching Stop Signs and Lights

Is it OK to pass a cyclist when approaching a stop sign or a traffic light?

Think again about the Car Analog Rule: Would you pass a car when immediately approaching a stop light/sign? Of course you wouldn't! It's just plain rude. In order to discourage this practice, many cyclists hedge further into the center of the lane as they approach stop lights/signs. Take this as a hint to wait your turn.

Correspondingly, cyclists should not pass motorists who are queued at a stop sign or traffic light. Many cyclists assume that because they can pass on the right, they should. This, however, violates all three of the General Rules. All of us should be patient.

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