Roadways are for all kinds of transportation, and Pennsylvania has plenty of laws outlining how people should share them. Cars may dominate the streets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to make room for the cyclists beside them.
The League of American Bicyclists gave Pennsylvania a C grade for laws that restrict riders. Though this could box bicyclists in when it comes to recovery after an accident, the state has a slighter better B grade for protections that could open up room for a successful claim.
No one wants to think about the possibility of an accident, but preparation is essential. This is especially true with Pennsylvania predicting a rise in fatalities and serious injuries in non-motorized operators. More than just strapping on your helmet, you would do well to learn the rules of the road. This can help you identify where a motorist overstepped their bounds.
It’s important to know the laws surrounding sharing the road with others, especially when you’re the vulnerable one:
- Yielding: People waiting to turn at intersections may only be on the lookout for oncoming cars, but that’s not enough. Pennsylvania requires cars to yield to bicycles that are heading straight through the intersection.
- Sharing: The best way to travel with traffic can depend on the conditions. You can set yourself alongside another cyclist if there’s room, and you can even bike in a lane if the side of the road is unfit for travel.
- Spacing: Cars need to give you the proper amount of space, and the law says that’s at least four feet. Cars can even pass in a no-passing zone, but you’re not required to give them any extra room.
Understanding the rules surrounding cycling is crucial when you hit the road. A collision with a car could be devastating, but highlighting those at fault could pave the way to compensation.