Bicycles have the same rights to the roadways of Conway as motor vehicles, sharing the same responsibility as everyone else to follow the rules of the road and all traffic laws.
Enforcing traffic laws, whether for vehicles or bikers, is something CPD takes very seriously on a daily basis, according to department officials. During the week of May 12-18, as Conway Advocates for Bicycling celebrate National Bike Month, CPD will step up efforts to enforce traffic laws with an emphasis on bike laws. Violators of the laws could be ticketed.
In 2012, the CPD dealt with several crashes involving bikers failing to yield, going the wrongway and crossing the road without a crosswalk or in between vehicles. They also had issues with careless/prohibited driving of vehicles and some cases of failing to yield.
An avid bike rider himself, Conway Police Chief AJ Gary said the enforcement is not about hassling bike riders, but about safety,
"Vehicles and bikes should be able to share the road in a safe manner and that can only happen when all involved obey the rules of the road. With this in mind we are using these concentrated efforts to make sure citizens are familiar with the laws," Gary said.
BICYCLE TRAFFIC LAWS Use of bicycles or animals
Every person riding a bicycle or an animal, or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon a highway, shall have all the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those provisions of this act which by their nature can have no applicability.
Lamps on bicycles
(a)Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500’) to the front and with a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet (500’) to the rear.
(b)A red reflector meeting the requirements of 27-36-215 may be used in lieu of a rear light.
Hand and arm signals
All signals required in this subchapter to be given by hand and arm shall be given from the left side of the vehicle in the following manner and these signals shall be indicated as follows:
(1)Left turn — Hand and arm extended horizontally;
(2)Right turn — Hand and arm extended upward;
(3)Stop or decrease of speed — Hand and arm extended downward.
Overtaking a bicycle
(a)The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a roadway shall exercise due care and pass to the left at a safe distance of not less than three feet (3’) and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
(b)(1)A person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
(2)A person who violates this section with the violation resulting in a collision causing death or serious physical injury to the person operating the overtaken bicycle shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) in addition to any other penalties prescribed by law.
For a list of activities put on by the Conway Advocates for Bicycling, go to www.cycleconway.org.