Posts Tagged ‘21202’

Point-Counterpoint on the Recent Topic of Cycling’s “Golden Age”

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Didn’t realize the amount of snark that San Francisco Chronicle editorials can have. (Like this recent reference to the “shopping cart set,” for instance. Wow.)

Anyway, point-counterpoint, below.

Boy, this is a genius photo – the traffic lights are red and green at the same time, all Christmas-like. Signals at this intersection still need work.

Here we go:

Pull up at any busy intersection where bikes and cars meet, and it’s often a free-for-all.”

No it’s not. I realize this fits the format of an editorial but it all seems a bit clunky. Is lying allowed here?

“Drivers honk, shout and swerve into bike lanes.”

Well sure, sometimes, but not “at any busy intersection.”

“Riders are allowed the full use of driving lanes, the same as any vehicle.”

False, exactly false, actually. Here’s the rule: “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…” There are some exceptions of course but bikes are not treated “the same as any vehicle” under CA law. Do editorialists have editors?

“The city’s network of lanes and suggested riding streets is little known…”

Uh, false? Little known, what?

“….one side-effect of an obstructionist lawsuit that delayed bike lane work for four years until this year.”

The City gambled and lost on CEQA. It took a judge about five minutes to agree that Our City was improperly horsing around with Environmental Impact Report laws. Could it be that CEQA itself is “obstructionist?”

San Francisco clearly wants to accommodate bike riding in a major way. But it must be accompanied by a recognition that bicyclists must follow the rules – and San Francisco police should be willing to enforce them.”

Now this bit here is tacked on at the end, all abrupt-like. So, drivers are allowed California stops in California, especially in San Francisco, as are cyclists, especially in San Francisco. There are reasons why SFPD cops generally don’t hand out tickets to cyclists. So attempting to change that, well, that’s going to take more than a half-assed, error-ridden editorial, right?

I’m think the “Golden Age” of cycling has more than a little to do with the rise of fixed-gear bikes. Talk to a bike store owner about the mountain bike craze – I’m saying I wouldn’t go extrapolating out too far into the future.

But Only Time Will Tell.

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Did Sausalito Install Bicycle Signs That Contradict the California Vehicle Code?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The answer is no. But check out this issue over at the StreetsBlog SF, where advocacy meets journalism, and decide for yourself.

Now, did Sausalito install signs that advance someone’s interpretation of the California Vehicle Code?

Yes, yes it did.

The view from the bike path on the main drag of tiny Sausalito right outside all the ice cream shops downtown. (Nature is never too far away in Marin, even in the cities)

 

Now, is it illegal for Sausalito to put up fishy-looking signs wherever it wants? No se, don’t know.
 
(People put up official-looking signs all over in San Francisco, check out Sixth and Market for some examples if you want. Mostly, these signs get ignored, mostly.)

Now, if I had to sum up CVC 21202 in four words, it’d be, “Bikes to the right.” Of course there are exceptions to this rule, check it:

21202

(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 situations:

(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 lane.

(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.

Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.”
 
You don’t need to be a lawyer to have an opinion on this relatively simple issue. (Of course there are other code sections that can be contradictory – the CVC can be kind of a mess, but oh well.)
 
Anyway, the Powers That Be are looking into all the new Single File In Bike Lane signs up north – let’s look forward to another report about how this develops.
 
Stay safe!