Archive for Advocacy


Bicyclists are drivers of vehicles.

Every street is a bicycle facility.

Bicyclists have the right to access every destination reachable by public roads, and this right is protected by the traffic laws of every state.  North Carolina law specifically defines bicycles as vehicles and assigns bicycle operators all of the rights and duties of drivers of vehicles on roads.  Scientific analysis of bicycling practice in the United States shows that bicyclists who behave as drivers of street vehicles and follow the Rules of the Road enjoy travel that is much safer and much more convenient than those who do not.

Unfortunately, common attitudes about bicycle operation are based on taboo and prejudice rather than science and law.  As a result, people on bicycles have often been treated as inferior road users and systematically discouraged from traveling on important roads to important destinations.  The effectiveness of lawful bicycle driving for traffic negotiation has been ignored by much of the public.  Even worse, many bicyclists have been encouraged by popular culture to operate in a dangerous manner when in traffic.  The North Carolina Coalition for Bicycle Driving is a grass-roots organization of cyclists who are dedicated to advancing public understanding of the principles of vehicular-style bicycle driving, and incorporating these principles into public policy.

Bicycle drivers advocate:

1.  Bicycle driver education based on scientific traffic negotiation principles and the Rules of the Road as they apply to drivers of vehicles.

2.  Universal access for cyclists to every destination reachable by public roads.

3.  Accommodation of cyclists in travel lanes as equal drivers of vehicles, without segregation, except where there is scientifically valid evidence of safety and operational advantages significant enough to outweigh the disadvantages. Wide (14? or more) outside lanes are the preferred design for those roads where it is desirable to facilitate the convenient passing of cyclists by motorists without motorists changing lanes.

4.  Design and adjustment of traffic signal sensors to detect bicycles

5.  Enforcement of non-discriminatory traffic laws that reduce or prevent collisions.

Adding width to a road provides a more convenient passing facility, not a bicycle facility. The bicycle facility is already there.