New bicycle laws take effect in Connecticut


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — New laws went into effect on Wednesday aim to make the streets safer for Connecticut bicyclists.

The Bicycle Safety bill gets rid of the rule that told bicyclists that they must ride as far to the right of the road as practicable. They are now instructed to cycle only as far to the right as they feel is safe, exercising their own judgment.

Cyclists don’t have to ride of the road when:

  • Overtaking or passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction
  • Preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway
  • Reasonably necessary to avoid conditions, including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or lanes that are too narrow for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to travel safely side by side within such lanes
  • Approaching an intersection where right turns are permitted and there is a dedicated right turn lane, in which case a bicyclist may ride on the left-hand side of such dedicated lane, even if the bicyclist does not intend to turn right
  • Riding on a roadway designated for one-way traffic, when the bicyclist may ride as near to the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as judged safe by the bicyclist
  • Riding on parts of roadways separated for the exclusive use of bicycles, including, but not limited to, contra-flow bicycle lanes, left-handed cycle tracks or bicycle lanes on one-way streets and two-way cycle tracks or bicycle lanes

The new law also allows drivers to cross the double yellow line to pass cyclists when appropriate.

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