No yield here

What the citation says:

Failed to observe yield right of way sign – bicycle passed three vehicles on shoulder and did not yield while performing right turn.

Do you see a yield sign? I don’t. I see a “No thru truck traffic” sign, a pedestrian crosswalk sign, and a traffic light. No yield here.
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What about now? I see a “Stop here on red” sign and that traffic light (which was green), but no yield sign.  No yield here.
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Last chance, is there a yield sign? I still don’t see it – just that “Stop here on red” sign and the traffic light (which was green). No yield here.
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What the citation should say:

Improper lane usage – motorist crossed over white line onto shoulder while performing right turn, almost hitting cyclist [performing right turn on green light while riding on shoulder!].

If there is any justice in this world, I will not only win this case, but Officer Dooright will also have to detail my bike every month for a year!  Okay, that might be asking a bit much – I’ll settle for case dismissed.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2009

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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4 Responses to No yield here

  1. Ken says:

    That intersection sure looks familiar – is that Spoede & Clayton?

  2. Yep, that be the spot.

  3. Alex/Watcher says:

    Ted- just getting caught up on back-posts now. I’m real curious how this plays out. Keep us updated, will you? Thanks and good luck!

    P.S. I suspect there’s a special layer of hell reserved for law enforcement officers who ticket cyclists!

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