You preach share the road, but there are so many elitist pricks in your group that think that means clear the road until you pass that you will continue to be treated with disrespect by the motoring community and provoke cyclist-motorist confrontations. SHARING the road is a two-way street, not an opportunity for a two-wheeled revolution. Recent run-ins between motorists and cyclists show the odds are in our favor whenever 3,000 lbs. of steel mass meets 20 lbs. of alloy metal. If you really want to improve motorist-cyclist relations, maybe you should start preaching the SHARE the road concept among your own ranks as well.
“SHARE the Road” Does Not Mean Take it Over
I had a run-in with a cyclist who was blocking the right lane this morning, and he would not yield it. Let me clarify the law for you by citing the CVC:
CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE
(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
(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle
proceeding in the same direction.
(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a
private road or driveway.
(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but
not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles,
pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes)
that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge,
subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this
section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for
a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the
(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway,
which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or
more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or
edge of that roadway as practicable.
To summarizer, especially for the “I bike therefore I am better than thou” jerk I ran across this morning, that means yes, you do need to keep right. No, you cannot take over a lane at whim. The roadway was wide enough to be SHARED, there were no obstructions preventing you from riding to the right, and you were not preparing to make a left hand turn. But as I stated before, you really have no interest in SHARING the road, do you?
These rules for SHARING the road can be found on several cycling sites as well as ones providing legal info. They all state the same rules for SHARING the road. Look for yourself:
The bottom line is if you want to be treated with respect, you have to earn it. A good start is losing the “holier than thou” attitude and to start practicing what you preach. I am more than happy to SHARE the road, but I’m not going to give it up entirely. You need to do the same.