What does “Share the Road” mean? What do Share the Road signs convey to road users?
Bike Lawyer Steve Magas attacks the Share the Road concept, explaining that once you have the right of way on a public road, no matter your mode of travel, you have the right of way. There is not legal obligation to share the lane, according to Magas. The rights of anybody behind you on the road are subservient to the one with the right of way.
Advising a motorist who is coming up on a bicyclist from behind to “Share The Road” with the cyclist ahead is fundamentally and legally WRONG. You either HAVE the right of way or you don’t. The cyclist owns the right of way and does not have to share. In fact the cyclist shouldn’t “share.” Once the cyclist gets into a “sharing” mentality, the cyclist has lost the battle.
This is strong stuff. What do you think?
In my previous commentary on Share the Road signs, I objected to the language and signage, but not necessarily the concept of lane sharing. Bicycling Matters also critiques the message as misleading and ineffective.
In slightly related (but not really) news, Dave Moulton objects to lane hogging and scofflaw cyclists.
What do you think of “Share the Road”?