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H. B. 3021


          (By Delegates Wells, Guthrie, Skaff, Poore and McCuskey)
          [Introduced March 21, 2013; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation then the Judiciary.]



A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-7-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §17C-11-5 of said code, all relating to operating a bicycle or overtaking a bicycle on a roadway.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That §17C-7-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that §17C-11-5 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY, OVERTAKING AND PASSING, ETC.
§17C-7-3. Overtaking and passing vehicle proceeding in same   direction -- Passing on the left generally; penalty.

  (a) The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to these limitations, exceptions, and special rules hereinafter stated.
  (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall give an audible signal and pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle traveling in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than four feet at a careful and prudent reduced speed and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
  (2) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
  (b) Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100; upon a second conviction within one year thereafter, shall be fined not more than $200; and upon a third or subsequent conviction, shall be fined not more than $500.
ARTICLE 11. OPERATION OF BICYCLES AND PLAY VEHICLES.
§17C-11-5. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.
               
(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
               
(b) Persons 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.
               (c) Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.

               NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to improve the safety of those persons operating bicycles on a roadway.


               Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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