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TNVol
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Username: Tnvol

Post Number: 3
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2014 - 08:32 am:   

First, Is it legal for a car to pass a cyclist being 1/2 in the cyclist lane and 1/2 in the other lane? Assume the car was within 12-18" of the cyclist when passing. Assume the road is southbound Coit between Rolater and 121.

Second, would it be reasonable to expect a FPD officer to pull over said vehicle for some type of violation if it is. I have seen this happen many times with FPD nearby and I have never seen anyone pulled over for it. I thought bikes were considered vehicles and thought it was illegal to pass another vehicle in the same lane.

3rd, can FPD use its Twitter and next-door feeds to educate drivers about the rights of cyclist instead of asking if someone should get a ticket for speeding 10 mph or 25% over the speed limit.
 

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
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Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 718
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 02:43 pm:   

Passing as described is not legal and merging back into a lane when passing should also be done safely allowing for ample room to avoid an accident.

Police have wide discretion on which violations are enforced based on many factors. A lot of times officers who appear to be just driving around are enroute to calls or are on calls that involve driving while looking for suspects. An officer observes many violations daily that for many reasons a stop couldn't or shouldn't be made. An officer's vehicle is his office and often they will sit in specific areas as a deterrent but are working on their computers, making phone calls, etc.

Thanks for the social media suggestion, I am certain we can again include some bicycle safety in there.

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