By RSA 265:143a, vehicles passing your bicycle must leave 3 feet of space between your bicycle and their vehicle while passing you at 30 mph. This reminder sign is located in Newport on NH 11/103 EB west of East Unity Road.
Tips for Driving a Bicycle
- The safer lane position, especially on narrow roadways, might surprise you. Watch this animation for more.
- Avoid the "door" zone of parallel-parked cars. Take the full lane when your safety depends on it. NH RSA 265:144,XI(d) (Watch Dan Burden explain here why the best kind parking to have is back-in angled parking.)
- Wear bright clothing. It's the law at night (RSA 265:144,XII).
- A helmet can save head injury. Under 16 and it's the law.
- When passing another cyclist on the road, make your presence known by calling out "On your left" as you approach.
- Respect metal grid bridge deck surfaces, timber surfaces with longitudinal cracks and RR crossings.
- Obey signs and rules of the road including the correct use legal hand signals.
Rules of the Road Summary
- Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists (RSA 265:143).
- Drive your bicycle on the right side of the road, with traffic. (RSA 265:16)
- If driving two abreast unnecessarily impedes traffic flow, drive your bicycle Single File (RSA 265:144,V).
- Use a light for night bicycle driving (RSA 266:86)
- Maintain your brakes in good condition (RSA 266:88)
- NH motor vehicle/bike interaction laws summary
FHWA's "A Safer Journey" for Pedestrian Safety see http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney/