Oxford's Bicycle Passing Ordinance

This text was proposed at the Dec 1 2009 meeting of the Oxford Board of Alderman.  Note that, as proposed, the amendment modifies the article dealing with pedestrians. Second reading of the ordinance and public hearing at 6pm on Tues Dec 15 at City Hall. Final approval Jan 5 2010.

News (Oxford Eagle)

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Oxford's current  Municipal Code as pertains to:

OPERATION OF VEHICLES GENERALLY(including rules for passing - unchanged)

BICYCLES(including rules for lane positioning - unchanged)

Note mandatory sidepath law: Sec. 102-341.  Duty to keep to right, exercise care; riding abreast; use of bicycle paths required.

PEDESTRIANS (contains the section proposed for amendment Section 102-615)

Ordinance 2009-

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 102 TRAFFIC AND VEHICLES, CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION I. That Section 102-615 Duty of Drivers to Exercise Care of the Code of Ordinances, Oxford, Mississippi, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Notwithstanding the forgoing provisions of this article every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian (DELETE: upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.), NEW: any person on horseback, any person who is working in or near the road or right-of-way, any person driving a motorcycle or similar vehicle, and any person operating equipment other than a motor vehicle, such as a bicycle, scooter, or farm equipment. A driver shall vacate the lane in which the person is traveling if the road has two or more marked lanes running in the same direction. If there is only one lane in each direction, the driver shall pass the person and allow a distance of at least three feet if the vehicle is a passenger car or truck, and a distance of six feet if the vehicle is a commercial vehicle. A driver may drive to the left side of the center of the roadway to pass as permitted in Section 102-173. A driver shall not maneuver the vehicle in any manner that is intended to intimidate, harass, or threaten a pedestrian or bicyclist.