Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Motorists Are Assholes By Nature; Go Strap On Your 3000 lb Dick...Idiot

Room for both drivers, cyclists on the road
"A Colorado law that takes effect Aug. 5 legislates how bicyclists and drivers should have been sharing the road all along.

It’s unfortunate when government sees the need to legislate common sense. But more and more it seems necessary.

The new law — Senate Bill 148 — clarifies several rules of the road.

It requires vehicle drivers to allow 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists, clarifying that they may cross the center line when safe to do so.

This has angered some. But it just makes sense to give a wide berth to an exposed bicyclist as a ton of metal passes at a faster speed.

Even roads with nice bike lanes put the two modes of transportation into uncomfortably close situations.

The new law makes it a misdemeanor to harass bicyclists by throwing items at them, taunting them or driving toward them in a threatening manner.

Here’s a rule: What does human nature dictate? Certainly it does not include threatening someone smaller and less protected than one surrounded by bumpers, steel and air bags.

The law also clarifies that bicyclists must ride as far right as they feel safe to do and do not need to endure hazards to do so. Bicyclists also need to stay out of the way of larger vehicles.

For bicyclists, the law also confirms that they may pass or ride two abreast if not impeding traffic or when on paths and portions of roadway designated for bike traffic. Note that not all roads have bike lanes; just because there is a white line with asphalt to the right does not mean it is a bike lane. This one draws the ire of many but serves as a reminder that the road is made for all — drivers and bicyclists. Share courteously and with safety for all in mind.

Interestingly this was a bipartisan bill — carried by a Republican in the Senate and a Democrat in the House of Representatives.

There’s no need to wait for the law to go into effect to act with common sense.

More bikes than usual will take to the road Wednesday as part of the statewide Bike to Work Day.

Participate safely — as a cyclist and vehicle driver."

1 comment:

Keith said...

Whether or not these laws will be enforced is to be determined, and whether or not state of Colorado will promote safety and awareness on the roads for both cyclists and motorists is also yet to be seen. The good news is that other states could be more apt to take a look into their own road safety laws and possibly make amends to state legislation allowing more DOT money to be focused on bicyclist safety. Because cyclists are tax payers, too...