Video Showing Man Riding Bicycle on 5-Lane Highway Sparks Concern
A debate concerning whether bicycling is permitted on high-speed roads began after a video surfaced showing a man riding a bicycle during rush hour on a 5-lane highway in Northern Virginia.
The video was posted by a Reddit user, who encountered the bicyclist on Route 28 near Dulles International Airport on June 15. The cyclist was riding in the second lane to the right of the road, which has a speed limit of 55 mph. The video also shows a couple of vehicles passing the cyclist at a high speed.
A number of people on Reddit expressed their concern about public safety after watching the video.
”I tried biking to work on side roads and nearly had a heart attack,” said one user.
Another user worried that bicycles on the road would ”add distracted, over-reacting drivers to the situation.”
According to Virginia state law, bicycles are not allowed on interstate highways or certain controlled-access highways, which have on and off ramps.
However, local law enforcement has the flexibility to interpret these laws, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Fairfax County police reportedly told Fox 5 it was illegal to ride a bicycle on a road that has a speed limit of over 45 mph. It was not clear whether this was due to a local ordinance or a local policy in enforcing state law.