Our state legislatures have a wonderful way of speaking “legalese”. With the last few posts regarding bicycle law, I was wondering about the FTR law on many states books.
While not having researched every state with FTR law on the books, I have seen similarity in FL and CA.
Florida 316.2065 Read specifically Par (5)(a)(3). I read this paragraph to essentially null and void the need to ride to the far right while traveling in the lane (of substandard-width). So knowing this, there should never be harassment from law enforcement or a citation written for controlling the lane (of substandard-width).
I read a cyclist was told to ride 12 inches from the curb. HAHAHA! I did not see any specified distance in the above statute.
Many of our uninformed in uniform claim they cite us for our safety. How does the state define safety/safely in regards to cyclists? I have seen “safety” being defined by opinion. Who more accurately determines the definition of safely, the officers opinion (either biased or unbiased towards cyclists) or the cyclist operator of the vehicle, according to written law?