NMI bikers reiterate support for ‘Share the Road’ campaign

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THE Triathlon Association of the CNMI, one of the local biking groups, has reiterated its strong support for the “Share the Road” campaign.

Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider, right, former Lt. Gov. Diego T. Benavente, left, and attorney Rex Kosack pose next to a “Share the Road” sign.  Contributed photo

TRAC organizes local triathlon events that host visiting athletes, and assist the NMI Cycling Association in organizing major bike events.

TRAC’s former president, Ricky Castro, said they strongly advocate the implementation of Public Law 18-24 which establishes “a safety measure for instances where a vehicle overtakes a bicycle on a public road or highway.”

Castro, who suffered injuries because of a non-compliant motorist, said: “TRAC strongly supports the Share the Road campaign.”

Motorists should be extra careful when driving, and should always watch out for the bikers using the road, he added.

Two weeks ago, local bike enthusiasts led by Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider, Rep. Jose Itibus and former Lt. Gov. Diego T. Benavente rode their bikes around the island to “remind motorists to be mindful and alert at all times.”

Authored by then-Rep. Ralph S. Demapan and signed by the late Gov. Eloy S. Inos on Sept. 9, 2013, P.L. 18-24 requires that all motor vehicles maintain a three-feet-distance from cyclists using the road.

It states that “no vehicle may be operated to the left side of the center line of a roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle or bicycle proceeding in the same direction unless the left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit the overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken. When a vehicle is overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, the person driving the motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet until the motor vehicle is safely past the overtaken bicycle.”

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