Critical Manners Bike Ride Vancouver

Ducks in a Row
August 7, 2009, 10:17 am
Filed under: The Ride

One of the most prevalent questions about the ride is how on earth we’ll manage to have a “social ride” while adhering to the rules set out for cyclists in the Motor Vehicle Act.

While I hope that all the participants will enjoy meeting and mingling at the beginning and end of the ride, the actual riding part is all business.

First off, the only way to ride within the law is to ride single-file.

Second, the purpose of the ride is to demonstrate that cyclists, even (perhaps especially) in large numbers can and do want to behave like traffic, and in return be treated by all other road users with the respect that everyone on the road should be giving each other.

So yes, we’ll be riding single-file, with due care and attention to the roadways around us.

Critical Manners is about being the change we wish to see in the world, and if we wish to truly be recognized and respected as traffic, we certainly need to ride within the rules of the road, as all other traffic is required to do.



Let’s remember that it is unsafe to ride in the right lane if there are parked cars there. If there are parked cars in the right lane do not weave in and out of parked cars. The safest place to ride is in the right wheel rut of the 2nd to right lane. ( this would be the left lane in 4 lane roads) This also means that cars should not be directly on your left when you are at a red light.

Comment by Lee

Question: Does this mean we should be single file at a red light too?

Comment by Lee

I’m pretty sure at a light, you should take the lane so not to get clipped by some driver turning right. Also. keep an eye on those driver side mirrors.

Comment by Jesse

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