Obey The Law

I think I've been pretty clear on my opinion of bicycle riders on county roads. It's just short of insanity that these folks would endanger their own lives and create so many problems for drivers just to ride their bikes on public streets.

If you haven't seen it yet, last week there was a bicycle rider that was run over down in Williamson County. Below is a link to the video.

Rider Hit By SUV

If you watch the video you will notice the bike rider was riding right in the middle of the road. A two lane, double yellow line road. State law requires that bicyclist must stay as close to the side of the road as possible. Notice his partner with the helmet cam was far to the right and didn't get run over.

Fortunately, in this instance, the bicyclist wasn't seriously injured. But this kind of accident is totally unnecessary and easily preventable. If you are suffering from a mental defect that tells you it's a good idea to ride a bicycle on narrow, back roads then maybe you should watch this video several times and ask yourself, Is it really worth the risk?

TCA-55-8-175.  Riding on roadways and bicycle paths -- Penalty.

  (a)  (1) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the following situations:

      (A) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;

      (B) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway; or

      (C) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For purposes of this section, "substandard width lane" means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

   (2) This subsection (a) does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful performance of duty relating to traffic control.

(b)  (1) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two (2) abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane.

   (2) Subdivision (b)(1) does not apply to a certified police cyclist engaged in the lawful performance of duty relating to traffic control or in pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law.

(c)  (1) This subsection (c) shall be known and may be cited as the "Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007."

   (2) The operator of a motor vehicle, when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet (3') and shall maintain the clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle.

(d) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

TCA 55-8-172.  Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles -- Penalty.

  (a) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title, except as to special regulations in §§ 55-8-171 -- 55-8-177, and except as to those provisions of this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title that by their nature can have no application.

(b) A violation of subsection (a) is a Class C misdemeanor.

Driver charged after cyclist hit in Tennessee (On camera)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) - According to the National Park Service, 58-year-old Marshall Grant Neely III was booked into the Williamson County Detention Center on Saturday night.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of an accident, and failure to render aid. He could also face federal charges.

Greg Goodman provided video of the incident.

Goodman said he recorded the video on his GoPro as he rode a bicycle alongside his friend Tyler Noe around 11 a.m. Saturday.

There are a number of signs posted that say bikers may use the full lane. But that did not stop the accident from happening.

In the video you can see a white truck passing the bikers giving them plenty of room… a few seconds later, a black SUV hit Noe, throwing him to the ground. The driver never stopped, even though the video clearly shows he hit the cyclist.

Noe was treated at a hospital. He is now recovering at home after suffering cuts and bruises.

The National Park Service has safety guidelines for bicyclists on the Natchez Trace Parkway online. They are supposed to follow the same rules of the road as motorists, riding single file on the right.

The guidelines also say, "The Natchez Trace Parkway welcomes millions of visitors every year. As a designated bicycle route, thousands of bicyclists travel the Parkway and bike riders and motorists have a responsibility to share the road."