VERIFY: Are cyclists supposed to ride their bike with or against the flow of traffic?

Do you ride your bike with the flow of traffic or against?

(WVEC) -- It seems like more and more bike lanes are popping up around Hampton Roads.

Just last year The City of Norfolk redrew some lanes and added full bike paths. The change was called the Norfolk Pilot Bike Loop. 

The lanes were added to streets in Ghent, like on Llewellyn Avenue, Olney Road, and Colley Avenue. 

These new bike lanes make city streets more accessible for bicyclists, but some riders are left with the age old question:

"Do you ride your bike with the flow of traffic or against?"

While it may seem like an easy answer, it has been debated before.

Some people argue that bicyclists should always go with the flow of traffic, just like you would if you were driving a car. Others say that bicyclists should ride their bikes against the flow of traffic so they can see the cars coming at them. 

A 13News Now viewer asked us to verify which was the correct answer. 

According to the Virginia DOT website:

"Bicyclists must ride with the flow of traffic on the right side of the highway."

This rule is in accordance with Code of Virginia § 46.2-802, which states:

"Except as otherwise provided by law, on all highways of sufficient width, the driver of a vehicle shall drive on the right half of the highway, unless it is impracticable to travel on such side of the highway and except when overtaking and passing another vehicle, subject to the provisions applicable to overtaking and passing set forth in Article 4 (§ 46.2-837 et seq.) of this chapter."

According the Virginia Legislative Information System website, violators may face a fine of $100 as punishment. 

According the NCDOT website, North Carolina requires bicyclists to ride as far to the right at practicable, as do 43 other states. This is due to the Code of North Carolina § 20-146

So, there you have it. Bicyclist must ride with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road in Virginia and North Carolina. 

To learn more about the rules of the road for bicyclists, including helmet use, passing, and rights and duties, please visit the Virginia DOT website and click on Bicycling and Walking in Virginia

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