Friday, March 05, 2010
The American Association of State Highway and Traffic Officials comes to ChipSeal's defense.
From the new (pending) AASHTO Guide for Bicycle Facilities design:
ROADWAY IS DETERMINED BY SPEED AND USABLE WIDTH
Bicyclists ride as far right as practical, which in on a typical roadway means that the bicyclist rides in (or near) the right tire track. A bicyclist traveling at the same speed as other traffic, or in a travel lane too narrow for a motor vehicle to safely pass without encroaching into the adjacent lane, travels in the center of the lane (often referred to as “taking the lane”). The primary reason for taking the lane is to encourage overtaking traffic to make a full lane change instead of squeezing past the bicyclist in the same lane.