[*BCM*] Special rights?
trevay at rcn.com
Thu Oct 14 06:32:41 EDT 2004
At 02:22 PM 10/13/2004 -0700, Jym Dyer wrote:
>=v= Hey, this is great info! Thanks for posting it. Two
>=1= I think the UTC includes (or included?) a "bicyclists may
>not ride more than two abreast" provision. California,
>thankfully, has not adopted this, but some other states have.
True. The U - *V* - C is on-line at
http://www.ncutlo.org/ , but you have to be an NCULTO member to read
it. Bicycle-related sections are readable at
There's a movement to change the UVC to improve its bicycle-related
provisions. One of the participants is MassBiker Paul Schimek, who's also
a subscriber to the Boston CM list. You can read about the UVC reform
http://www.geocities.com/fredoswald/law-reform.html . Paul also has a
survey of various states' bicycle traffic laws, and recommendations on
reforming them, at
http://www.massbikeboston.org/guide.htm . That article took some real
effort to write -- it's quite comprehensive.
Unfortunately, the UVC-less Massachusetts has one of the worst two-abreast
laws, prohibiting such riding unless cyclists are actually passing each
other. MassBike has attempted to change this law to bring it at least up
to the UVC standard, as well as to provide other provisions on car-door
opening, right-hooking, etc., that would benefit cyclists. In both of the
last two legislatures we've had our bill reported favorably by the Joint
Transportation Committee, only to have it die later.
> > The highway planners couldn't just kick bikes off the roads,
> > because those 1887 laws and court decisions were still in
> > operation ...
>=2= Some of the thanks for this goes back even further, all the
>way to the Magna Carta! English Common Law is the oldest legal
>precedent in the U.S. (predating the Constitution), and it says
>that if a road had allowed people to use it, that right exists
Correct. Free subjects have always had the right to walk the King's
highway (or El Camino Real, in your part of the world).
But see what happens if you try to base your traffic ticket defense on the
Magna Carta ....
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