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H.B. 91

             1     

TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNS FOR BICYCLES

             2     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Carol Spackman Moss

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the traffic code by amending provisions related to operating a bicycle
             10      on the roadway.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a person operating a bicycle approaching a stop sign shall yield the
             14      right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway
             15      so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving
             16      across or within the intersection or junction of highways, except that a person after
             17      slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may
             18      cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping;
             19          .    provides that once a person operating a bicycle approaching a steady red
             20      traffic-control signal has stopped and yielded to all other traffic, the person may
             21      cautiously:
             22              .    proceed straight through the steady red signal; or
             23              .    turn left onto a highway that is a highway with one lane in each direction; and
             24          .    provides that after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if
             25      required, a person operating a bicycle approaching a steady red traffic-control signal
             26      may cautiously make a right-hand turn without stopping.
             27      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:


             28          None
             29      Other Special Clauses:
             30          None
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33          41-6a-1105, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
             34     
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 41-6a-1105 is amended to read:
             37           41-6a-1105. Operation of bicycle or moped on and use of roadway -- Duties,
             38      prohibitions.
             39          (1) A person operating a bicycle or a moped on a roadway at less than the normal speed
             40      of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as near as
             41      practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway except when:
             42          (a) overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
             43          (b) preparing to make a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway;
             44          (c) traveling straight through an intersection that has a right-turn only lane that is in
             45      conflict with the straight through movement; or
             46          (d) reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that make it unsafe to continue along the
             47      right-hand edge of the roadway including:
             48          (i) fixed or moving objects;
             49          (ii) parked or moving vehicles;
             50          (iii) bicycles;
             51          (iv) pedestrians;
             52          (v) animals;
             53          (vi) surface hazards; or
             54          (vii) a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side
             55      within the lane.
             56          (2) A person operating a bicycle or moped on a highway shall operate in the designated
             57      direction of traffic.
             58          (3) (a) A person riding a bicycle or moped on a roadway may not ride more than two


             59      abreast with another person except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use
             60      of bicycles.
             61          (b) If allowed under Subsection (3)(a), a person riding two abreast with another person
             62      may not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and shall ride within a single
             63      lane.
             64          (4) If a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, a bicycle
             65      rider may be directed by a traffic-control device to use the path and not the roadway.
             66          (5) (a) A person operating a bicycle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and, if
             67      required for safety, stop before entering the intersection.
             68          (b) After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping as required by Subsection (5)(a),
             69      the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on
             70      another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is
             71      moving across or within the intersection or junction of highways, except that a person after
             72      slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a
             73      turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.
             74          (6) (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), a person operating a bicycle
             75      approaching a steady red traffic-control signal shall stop before entering the intersection and
             76      shall yield to all other traffic.
             77          (ii) Once the person has stopped and yielded to all other traffic as required by
             78      Subsection (6)(a)(i), the person may cautiously:
             79          (A) proceed straight through the steady red signal; or
             80          (B) turn left onto a highway that is a highway with one lane in each direction.
             81          (b) After slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, a
             82      person operating a bicycle approaching a steady red traffic-control signal may cautiously make
             83      a right-hand turn without stopping.




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