EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, we introduce “Trooper Talk,” which will become a periodic article in the Bonanza written by the Nevada Highway Patrol in an effort to update the community on traffic laws and address various safety concerns.
First of all, we are very pleased to be involved in the Incline Village and surrounding Lake Tahoe communities.
We would like to discuss some of the laws concerning bicycles as the spring and summer seasons are upon us. There are some specific Nevada Revised Statutes we would like to talk about.
1. NRS 484B.270 Vehicles & Bicycles: Driver’s duty of due care.
When overtaking or passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, the driver of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care. If there is more than one lane for traffic proceeding in the same direction, move the vehicle to the lane to the immediate left.
If there is only one lane for traffic proceeding in the same direction, move the vehicle to the lane to the immediate left — if the lane is available and moving into the lane is reasonably safe.
If that is not the case, please pass the bicycle with a minimum of 3 feet between the motor vehicle and the bicycle. Do not move to the right side of the highway until the vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
A driver of a motor vehicle shall yield right of way to any person riding a bicycle on a pathway or designated bike lane. Above all, exercise due care to avoid a collision with a person riding a bicycle.
2. NRS 484B.763 Application of traffic laws to a person riding a bicycle.
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle. Essentially speaking, a person riding a bicycle has the responsibilities and duties of complying with all laws while on the road.
3. NRS 484B.777 Operating a bicycle on roadway.
Every person riding a bicycle on the roadway is responsible for traveling at the appropriate speed to commensurate with the speed of nearby traffic, to use all traffic signals, to ride at the far right side of the roadway and exercise due care while upon the roadway. The law also specifies that there is to be only two riders allowed riding abreast (side by side) while on the roadway.
Remember to be patient and courteous when driving or riding and to make our highways safe for all of us to travel on.
NHP Sgt. David Cox oversees the department’s operations at Lake Tahoe. Cox may be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.