NCDOT Wants More Distance Between Cars And Cyclists
2015 was a busy year for the North Carolina Department of Transportation – one that culminated with a 10-page report from the agency detailing numerous proposed changes to state law governing the relationship between vehicles and bicycles on our roadways.
According to the NCDOT, 19 cyclists are killed with more than 650 others being hit by vehicles on average each year in N.C. State lawmakers signed legislation in June commissioning the DOT to study ways to improve bicycle safety and present their findings by the end of 2015.
The state DOT seeks to improve bicycle safety in North Carolina by increasing the distance between bicyclists and vehicles on the road. Their extensive report proposes, among other things, an extended 4-foot passing distance between vehicles and bicycles, giving vehicles more lenience to cross the center line when passing cyclists. The current state law calls for merely 2 feet of separation.
The report also calls for a ban on cyclists riding more than two abreast. It suggests confining them to the furthest right position in the furthest right lane and equipping the bikes with headlights and taillights. The DOT also suggests reflective clothing as an option. The report goes further in supporting local government’s authority to require registration permits for cycling groups of 30 or more individuals.
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It will be interesting to see the ramifications of the DOT’s report. In the meantime, however, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood immediately if you have been injured in a vehicle-bicycle collision. We understand the current state law and can win you the compensation you deserve.
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