What does "practicable" mean?

Answer: At least as it relates to Bicycle Law, would seem to be "feasible". The Wisconsin Bicycle Law, as it applies to lane positioning (statute 346.80[2](a) states; Always ride on the right, in the same direction as other traffic. Ride as far to the right as practicable (not as far right as possible). Practicable generally means safe and reasonable.

So why do I bring this up now. Well I see many cars and trucks try to squeeze by a bicyclist that makes the mistake of riding as far to the right as possible, instead of as practicable. I generally try to ride in what would be the "track" (if following a car) of the right wheels. This also puts the cyclist in the approximate position (for a car or truck) of where the right rear taillights would be located. So other drivers are used to looking there for turn signals or brake lights. This time of year (at least in the snowy regions of the US) the edges of the road are especially dangerous due to snow, ice, melting ice, sand and debris on the road surface. So practicable may be even be little further left than normal, at least until the street cleaners get out, and that's a few weeks out.

Safe riding all

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