As vulnerable road users, bicyclists are eager for information on their rights and responsibilities. Similarly, motorists want to know when they are in the right or in the wrong. The fundamentals of bicycle law are quite simple, but the details of the law are quite complex. Below are a few answers to commonly asked questions about rights and responsibilities of those traveling on South Carolina roadways.These are guidelines and general pointers; they do not take the place of legal advice. If in doubt or with specific questions, do not hesitate to contact Peter Wilborn of Bike Law. He is a full-time bicycle attorney and is always available to discuss bike laws at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-316-4310.
Do I ride with or against car traffic?
Where am I supposed to ride on the road?
Can I ride on a sidewalk?
Further, pedestrians feel less safe with fast-moving bicycles in space designed primarily for them. However, biking on suburban sidewalks along a 55mph roadway, with relatively few curb cuts, may be the only place to ride, and this can work with both road users as long as the bicyclists watch out for pedestrians, and the sidewalks are wide enough for bicyclists and pedestrians. Ultimately, those sidewalks can and should be reconfigured as multi-use paths, which are a few feet wider than the typical 5 foot sidewalk.