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Passing another vehicle

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Found this interesting info on California law regarding passing, etc...

CVC525 states: " 'Right-of-way' is the privilege of the immediate use of the highway."

5. When a motorist is driving on a two-lane highway (one lane in each direction) and is driving slow enough to cause five or more vehicles to back up behind his or her vehicle, that motorist must pull off the road at the nearest designated turnout (or wherever there is enough room to turn out safely) to allow the backed-up traffic to pass.

CVC22400 states:
"(a) No person shall drive upon a highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, unless the reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, because of grade, or in compliance with law.

CVC21753 states: "
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I've got no reservations whatever about passing on a double yellow if I feel it's safe. Bear in mind that double yellows and dashes are designed with the acceleration of automobiles in mind. It takes much less of a straight to get by on a bike.

Of course sometimes double yellows are there not because of line-of-sight visibility but because of intersections, driveways, parking lots and other hazards. So it's important to assess the full situation before deciding to blast around.

I got pulled over on Easter for passing on a double yellow. Sight line was good, but it was in a stretch of about 25 closely spaced houses on an otherwise pretty open road. Bad choice. I was lucky. The cop let me off with a verbal.

Of course the poll said "group ride." That makes things much different. As the group gets larger, the more precarious the situation becomes. People further back in the group tend to feel more pressure to get around and stay with the pack. This can lead to some bad choices. Even if there are plenty of places to pass, no cager likes to be buzzed by a dozen bikes. Add to this, the fact that it's precisely on roads with few passing opportunities that I really want to pass (so I can get unimpeded runs at the turns)! So we're likely to be ripping by under less than ideal situations.

Big group rides should be considered more social and you've got to have the discipline to mellow out a bit. If you really want to rip up the mountains, go out early in very small groups.
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