Q: What side of the road should bicyclists use when riding on a roadway?

A: When possible, bicycles should be ridden on a bicycle lane. If a usable bicycle lane does not exist, bicycles should stay on the right side of the road near the near the curb, the edge of the roadway or a usable right-hand shoulder.

Bicyclists should not interfere with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid existing unsafe conditions on the side of the road near the right-hand curb or edge.

Warren County Bike trail photo from Glensfallsregion.com

When designated bike lanes are unavailable, the safest place for bicyclists is on the right side of the road, going with the flow of traffic.

With very few exceptions, the safest place to ride is at the side of the road as part of the traffic, not against it. Bicyclists who go with the flow of the normal traffic pattern get where they’re going faster and, according to crash studies, have about five times fewer crashes than bicyclists who make up their own rules (J. Forester; Effective Cycling. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1993).

If you are are injured in a car accident while walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Skilled legal representation can help make sure you are compensated to the fullest extent possible, whether you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or settle out-of-court. If you are injured in the Capital Region – in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga or elsewhere in the Capital District – please call the personal injury lawyers of Lamarche Safranko Law PLLC  for a free consultation.

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