Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. I often see bicyclist riding on the solid white line and even encroach on to the highway lane causing vehicles to slow down, sometimes stop or even causing drivers to veer towards oncoming traffic. Can they be ticketed for causing unsafe driving conditions for others? I do believe their bike lane allows for ample riding room if they drive in the center of their bike lane.
Dear Juneau Resident,
Depending on the circumstances, there are fines of $20 to $25 for many bicycle violations. I will attach the most commonly referenced CBJ ordinance concerning bicycles at the end of this answer.
JPD tries to educate the bike riding public through our own bike patrol and warnings.
JPD has found most bike riders to be careful and polite when it comes to the rules of the road. You can call for an officer to meet you to take a complaint about a bicyclist but if the officer doesn't see the offense you would need to be available for any court appearances needed.
The best plan for bicyclists is to educate them young so they stay safe. That is why bike rodeos and safety fairs are so important. Please support those events when you see them.
Here is that ordinance:
72.02.400 - Riding on roadways and paths.
A person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, and shall give way to the right as far as practicable to a motor vehicle proceeding in the same direction when the driver of the motor vehicle gives an audible signal.
Persons riding bicycles on a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding bicycles two abreast may not impede traffic and, in a laned roadway, shall ride within the farthest right lane.
When a shoulder of the highway is maintained in good condition, an operator of a bicycle shall use the shoulder of the roadway.
A person operating a bicycle on a trail, path, sidewalk or sidewalk area shall:
Exercise care to avoid colliding with other persons or vehicles;
Give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian; and
Yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.
A person riding a bicycle intending to turn left shall, unless the person dismounts and crosses as a pedestrian, comply with the provisions of section 72.02.200. The operator of a bicycle must give a signal by hand and arm continuously during the last 100 feet traveled unless the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle. When stopped to await an opportunity to turn, a hand and arm signal must be given continuously by the operator.
No person may ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk in a business district or where prohibited by an official traffic control device.
No bicycle race may be conducted upon a roadway, except as provided under AS 05.35.