Here it is.
Here's what N&O writer Bruce Siceloff says on his blog:
"With NCDOT reminding North Carolinians during Bicycle Safety Month that "bicyclists share the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers," legislators are considering a proposal to put new restrictions on groups of bike riders when they share the highways with car drivers.
A joint House-Senate committee [today] will consider a draft bill that would prohibit cyclists from riding more than two abreast on the road. And when cyclists riding side-by-side are approached from the rear by a faster vehicle (i.e., car), they would be required to "move into a single file formation as quickly as practicable."
The North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance, a group of cyclists, skaters, etc., wants the proposal killed or heavily revised:
"The proposed language of the bill prohibits cyclists from riding two abreast and sets a precedent for further limiting (currently allowed) use of the full lane. The NCATA Board is concerned about the proposed bill, and while we encourage bicycles to behave courteously to passing vehicles, we see problems with codifying this as a requirement due to the implications on legal cases related to bicycle crashes, etc."
The NCATA Board has voted to present its position to Rep. Pricey Harrison in Greensboro (a cycling advocate) in hopes that she can work with Rep. Cole on either striking this piece of legislation all together or amending the language as follows:
§ 20-171.3. Operation of bicycles on highways. Bicyclists riding bicycles upon a highway shall not ride more than two abreast in a single marked lane, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, or when overtaking another bicyclist.
Don't like it? Get vocal. Find out who your state reps are and contact him / her by phone or e-mail.
Here's House contact info. Here's Senate contact info.