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Bikes are vehicles and must obey traffic laws

Published: Monday, March 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

A biker rides in Salt Lake City, Friday, April 2, 2010.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

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To the drivers who frequently yell at me to "get off the road" when I'm riding my bike, please allow me to educate you concerning Utah bicycle laws. In Utah, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and is therefore subject to traffic laws. Utah law states that bicycles are not to be ridden on sidewalks in cities or counties where it is prohibited — such is the case in Salt Lake County. The law also states that while cyclists should stay to the right as much as possible, they may also use the left turn lanes when making a left turn.

Generally speaking, the laws for cyclists are the same as the laws for motorists. I'm aware that a lot of cyclists ignore the laws, but please don't hold that against me. Instead of yelling at me to "get off the road," perhaps you should be yelling at those cyclists to "obey the law."

Larry A. Eggett

Riverton

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