Bicyclists Welcome on Hilton Head Island
The Town of Hilton Head has made a concerted effort to be bicycle friendly. This summer I really noticed our visitors taking them up on it.
I just want to say hooray but also to reach out to give some rules of the road for our bicyclists!
RULES OF THE ROAD
Yep - there are indeed rules by statute to be sure that everybody is on the same page and to protect our bicyclists. Here is some information directly from the Palmetto Cycling Coalition:
SECTION 56-5-3410. This section reviews how these laws apply to bicyclists.
The provisions of this article are applicable to bicycles whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject to those exceptions stated in this article.
SECTION 56-5-3420. This reviews how bicycles should generally be used on a roadway.
A person riding a bicycle upon a roadway must be granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special provisions in this article and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.
SECTION 56-5-3425. This section defines bicycle lanes and how they are intended to be used.
(A) For purposes of this section, “bicycle lane” means a portion of the roadway or a paved lane separated from the roadway that has been designated by striping, pavement markings, and signage for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists.
(B) Whenever a bicycle lane has been provided adjacent to a roadway, operators of:
(1) motor vehicles may not block the bicycle lane to oncoming bicycle traffic and shall yield to a bicyclist in the bicycle lane before entering or crossing the lane; and
(2) bicycles are required to ride in the bicycle lane except when necessary to pass another person riding a bicycle or to avoid an obstruction in the bicycle lane. However, bicyclists may ride on the roadway when there is only an adjacent recreational bicycle path available instead of a bicycle lane.
SECTION 56-5-3430. This section reviews where on a roadway a bicyclist should ride.
(A) Except as provided in subsection (B), every bicyclist operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable. A bicyclist may, but is not required to, ride on the shoulder of the roadway in order to comply with the requirements of this subsection.
(B) A bicyclist may ride in a lane other than the right-hand lane if only one lane is available that permits the bicyclist to continue on his intended route.
(C) When operating a bicycle upon a roadway, a bicyclist must exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
(D) Bicyclists riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
WHERE TO RIDE
We are so lucky to have both trails within the various communities, paths along our major roadway, parks with paved areas, and rental companies that provide bicycles.
WHERE TO GET BIKES
Wow - lots of places from down by Coligny Plaza to the various resorts and the concierge services at the hotels will all be happy to help you find just the right kind of bike. Whether you need one with training wheels for your little one, an attached carrier so you can ride and your little one can give you directions :-) or if you're in the mood, try out one of the recombant bikes that are becoming more popular!
If while you're out and about you think that this might be a great place to call home - and pedal around - give me a call!