Watch for cyclists during next week’s festival | News | The Press and Standard

by | November 6, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: November 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

The City of Walterboro and the Colleton Museum, Farmers Market & Commercial Kitchen will sponsor a new festival in Walterboro next week on Nov. 9-14.

FestiVELO, a USA Cycling sanctioned festival, will be held at the Colleton Museum, Farmers Market & Commercial Kitchen with bicyclists riding daily routes stretching across Colleton County from Lodge to Green Pond. Each morning and evening, meals and events will be held at the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market.

Approximately 350 cyclists are registered to participate in the event. “I want to make sure we provide a safe and welcoming environment for our guests as they visit Walterboro and Colleton County,” said Tourism Director Michelle Strickland.

There are the four things a motorist needs to understand about cycling rights on S.C. roadways:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A driver of a motor vehicle must, at all times, maintain a safe operating distance between the motor vehicle and a bicycle.
  4. It is unlawful to harass, taunt, or maliciously throw an object at, or in the direction of, any person riding a bicycle. A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than $250 or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both. This includes the honking of horns and yelling out the window (the most common forms of harassment).

For more information on the event, contact Michelle Strickland, tourism director, at 843-538-4353; Gary Brightwell, Colleton Museum, Farmers Market & Commercial Kitchen Director, at 843-549-2303; visit www.festivelo.org; or contact Charles Fox at charles@festivelo.org.


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