Local drivers watch for Festivelo cyclists | News | The Press and Standard

by | November 8, 2017 12:15 pm

Colleton County drivers need to watch out for cyclists on the county’s roads on Nov. 8-12 as the Festivelo returns to Walterboro. Cyclists will be riding throughout the county during these five days.
“I want to educate the community about cycling rights on SC roadways and make sure we provide a safe and welcoming environment for our guests as they visit Walterboro and Colleton County,” said Michelle Strickland, Walterboro tourism director.
Basically these 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 two hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. This includes the honking of horns and yelling out the window (most common forms of harassment).
The event is not open to public participation.

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