Bicycles are considered vehicles in the great state of NC and as such - share the same rights and responsibilities as automobiles and their operators. They are not "reserved" for bike paths only! Here's the executive summary for you from the NCDOT Driver's Manual:
Pass with Care
A bicyclist staying to the right in their lane is accommodating following drivers
by making it easier to see when it is safe to pass, and easier to execute the pass.
Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant
clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a
bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.
Thus, hitting a cyclist and running is just as cowardly an act as hitting a pedestrian or another auto and running...
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