Tuesday, February 23, 2010
In a nutshell
The Ennis Police and the Ellis County Sheriff have begun ticketing a commuting cyclist on Hwy 287 between Ennis and Waxahachie for “impeding traffic” by riding in the right lane (4-lane divided, not limited access, posted 55 mph… lots of intersections and entrance-ways). His first citation was for riding in the right-hand lane of Business 287 in Ennis, where the posted speed limit is only 30 mph.
I realize the cyclist is sometimes showing considerably more courage (and faith in motorists) than most would, but considering the lack of consistent shoulders, number of intersections/turning movements, and the fact that the cyclist does not own a car but travels everywhere by bicycle in a law-abiding way, I am concerned about the precedent that is being set. The argument is that if cars have to slow down to pass a cyclist in a 12’ lane (without any traffic queuing) then that constitutes “impeding traffic”.
Basically, that same argument could be made on any State Highway, FM Road, or even a local street in Texas. If a car has to pass you on any street in Ennis, Texas, you could be ticketed. Or even arrested.
If you want to help, contact me.