Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Code considers “pedalcycles or bicycles” as vehicles and provides that every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and responsibilities applicable to a driver of a vehicle, with certain exceptions.
If you ride in violation of the bicycle traffic laws, you greatly increase your risk of a crash and will likely be found at fault in the event of an accident.
Riding a bicycle on a roadway with larger, faster-moving vehicles requires prudence and confidence. As a vehicle, you have a right to ride on the shoulder or the appropriate travel lane, and you will need to assert that right by using lane control.
Placing your vehicle appropriately (taking the center of the rightmost travel lane) can greatly reduce your chances of being struck as you are more visible, acting predictably (like another vehicle), and requiring motor vehicles to fully change lanes when overtaking.
Three particular crash types are manageable with lane control:
Current motor vehicle code allows driver to overtake people riding in bike lanes even in no-passing zones if done with due care. Therefore, there is never a reason for bicyclists to encourage a motor vehicle to “squeeze by” in the same travel lane as even a 16-foot lane does not allow for the 4 feet of required clearance.
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