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Vail Daily Staff
Vail, CO, Colorado
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Letter: Cycle rules silly, dangerous

I’d like to suggest that you read the cycling laws, get on a bike, ride with the flow of traffic, and then write a better informed commentary on the new Colorado bicycling laws. It is uninformed motorists like you that danger the safety of cyclists every single day. Cyclists have the same right to be on the road as you in your 2-ton vehicle. Contrary to your opinion, cyclists do have the right to ride inside the white line (in “your” lane). Respect the rights of everyone. And yes, cyclists are often the target of trash thrown out windows by motorists, mostly by people who don’t think cyclists have the right to be on the roads. …

mtnadvntr

I understand there are good drivers and bad drivers, good cyclists and bad ones also. However, Eagle County has spent million on bike baths to make things safer and so many snub their noses at them. You claim its too dangerous. Please! Go three feet around the person walking! And we in cars and trucks pay a fee to use the roads you cyclists do not. … But when I come around a corner and there’s a car to one side, and you on my side, I’m doing the speed limit 55 on Highway 6 and you’re there just there two abreast at times, do I take out a family? Do I run myself off the road, maybe taking me away from my family or you? …

annasasha

… One time there was a heated debate re the sheep dogs and the bike race. In it, one bicyclist wrote that the reason that I also see them on the highway and not on their bike paths (that we all paid for) is because people go too slow on the bike paths, pushing their strollers or pulling a cart so therefore the riders won’t use the bike paths! This, after the comment was posted saying bicyclists ride the minimum speed limit if you bicyclists are going to use roads designed for cars!

Be a car, in other words. Because to ride two-three abreast (un-car like) or ride too slow on a 55 mph road is dangerous for everyone. …

hm123

I sometimes ride my bicycle. I sometimes ride my bicycle on roads. I sometimes ride my bicycle on the bicycle path. I often drive my car. I never speed or tailgate. I have never had a problem with a cyclist. I have had problems with other cars. Quit whining, people.

workingman

I don’t think that “bike riders” are a homogenous group that anyone can point their fingers at and blame anything on across the board, or demand anything specific of, whether it’s a license, a fee or anything else. It’s just individuals, and if they are bad riders they are most likely bad drivers as well.

liberalelite I don’t think that “bike riders” are a homogenous group that anyone can point their fingers at and blame anything on across the board, or demand anything specific of, whether it’s a license, a fee, or anything else. It’s just individuals, and if they are bad riders they are most likely bad drivers as well. I drive a car and ride a bike, too. And when I’m driving a car and being inconvienenced by bad bike riders, I let them know. There’s no law against that. I let a couple of guys have it (verbally) last year while driving 15 mph behind them on the road up to Maroon Bells, two abreast and totally oblivious to any traffic around them. I told them I was a biker too and that they are ruining it for everyone and to learn some manners and to not block traffic. I suggest you all do the same, instead of coming up with ways to tax and fee and punish bikers. Give them a piece of your mind. It’s free and it’ll make you feel better.

liberalelite

I don’t mind cyclists on the roads. However, I do mind when I’m driving down Capitol in Eagle where the speed limit is 25 and I come up on a cyclist who of course is not doing 25, there’s cars coming the other direction, so I am unable to pass the cyclist. And then when we get to the stop sign going into Eagle Ranch, the cyclist blows right through without a second thought that they are using the road and have to obey the traffic laws, or a the thought that they just endangered their own life by not stopping at the three way stop. I do also find it ridiculous when there is a bike path right next to the road and the cyclists choose not only to endanger themselves but everyone else on the road also. If there is no bike path, then fine, ride on the road and I will share, not a problem as long as you follow the rules to the road that you are riding on just like I have to.

mamamojo

I don’t think that “bike riders” are a homogenous group that anyone can point their fingers at and blame anything on across the board, or demand anything specific of, whether it’s a license, a fee, or anything else. It’s just individuals, and if they are bad riders they are most likely bad drivers as well. I drive a car and ride a bike, too. And when I’m driving a car and being inconvienenced by bad bike riders, I let them know. There’s no law against that. I let a couple of guys have it (verbally) last year while driving 15 mph behind them on the road up to Maroon Bells, two abreast and totally oblivious to any traffic around them. I told them I was a biker too and that they are ruining it for everyone and to learn some manners and to not block traffic. I suggest you all do the same, instead of coming up with ways to tax and fee and punish bikers. Give them a piece of your mind. It’s free and it’ll make you feel better.

liberalelite

I wonder why it is that the individuals who ride off road vehicles or use water crafts pay registration fees no differently than those who drive cars, but bicycles don’t? I’ve yet to be required to slow almost to a complete stop in order to yield to a group of snow machine riders. I’ve never been blatantly disrespected by anyone riding a 4-wheeler because of a need to pass them on a dirt road. There’s always been a mutual respect going on without any sense of entitlement. I wonder why it is that many, “not all,” bicyclists seem to have this non-yielding sense of entitlement virtually to the point of endangering not only their own lives but others they are supposed to share the roads with?

I own a bike, I ride my bike. I’m not so dense as to believe I could tangle with a motor vehicle and win. I’m not so selfish as to imply others need to yield to me. I also have the good sense to know not all drivers have experience behind the wheel.

frayedknot


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