At the new ride leader training yesterday, it was determined to recommend that all riders, and especially ride leaders, read or reread the Ride Leaders Manual that is posted to the website under the tab “All the Info.”
Please note that the ordinances reproduced at the back of the manual are the Santa Fe City Ordinances, which copy the state statutes with one exception. Section 5 of the ordinances is “reserved,” but the same section of the state statutes says, “66-3-705. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths. A. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction. B. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. C. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, no bicycle shall be operated on any roadway in a manner that would create a public safety hazard.” Other portions of the city ordinance, which are not in the manual say, “When a bicyclist is traveling in the center of a lane, the bicyclist should move right when it is safe to do so,” and “Bicyclists must move to the right to allow vehicles to overtake at the earliest and safest location.”
Included in this post are links to the pertinent pages of the NM Driver’s Manual relating to the rights and responsibilities of drivers of cars and bicycles to one another, and a safety quiz that we urge all to take. Answers are provided at the end of the quiz.