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Court Says Bikes Need to Stay on the Right

Court Says Bikes Need to Stay on the Right

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court says riding one's bike against traffic is illegal under state law.

The high court ruled a prior Salt Lake City ordinance -- which allowed cyclists to ride on the left-hand side of the road if there is a marked bike lane -- didn't conform with Utah's traffic code.

The Supreme Court stressed in its decision that any city ordinance is invalid if it conflicts with state law.

The high court's clarification came in a case filed 15 years ago after a bike courier riding on the left side of the street collided with a vehicle.

The city changed its law well before the Supreme Court weighed in. That happened after the Utah Court of Appeals ruled Salt Lake's bike ordinance invalid.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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