Bike ride on Dersch Rd Redding CA, Feb 11 2015. Some logging truckers seem to have no respect for cyclist. This was just too close, and it’s not the first time. This is a popular cycling route in my area. It’s a shame that a supposedly professional driver cuts it this close why? The right side of the white line is dangerously littered with garbage. glass, ruts, animal carcases, etc. This is also a hill, so it’s a climb, with less stability. Behind me is at least a mile straightaway. I was lit-up with my rear riding light. He saw me but chose not to give me my space.

The exact location was Dersch Rd 1/8 mile west of Millville Plains Road between 12 noon and 1 pm Feb 11 2015.

When to Take the Traffic Lane

A bicycle lane is a designated traffic lane for bicyclists, marked by a solid white line, and typically breaking into a dotted line at the corner. A bicycle lane is different from a simple white line showing the edge of the road because it follows specific width requirements and is clearly marked as a bike lane. Many roads do not have designated bicycle traffic lanes, so bicyclists share the traffic lane to the left of the white line. If there is no shoulder or bicycle lane and the traffic lane is narrow, ride closer to the center of the lane. This will prevent motorists from passing you when there is not enough room. Bicyclists can travel at speeds of 20 mph, or faster. You should also use the traffic lane when you are traveling at the same speed as the traffic around you. This will keep you out of motorists’ blind spots and reduce conflicts with right-turning traffic.

Motorists Passing Bicyclists

Be patient when passing a bicyclist. Slow down and pass only when it is safe. Do not squeeze the bicyclist off the road. If road conditions and space permit, allow clearance of at least three feet when passing a bicyclist.