Traffic laws for bikes

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  • Dart-02 SLC, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    Its really great driving the avenues where, during warm weather, there are a lot cyclists, including myself. When I am driving, it happens several times a week that a cyclist decides its their right to run a 4 way, or even worse, 2 way stop sign right in front of me. I have been half way through the intersection multiple times just to have to slam on my brakes because a cyclist ran a stop sign. Like others have said there are bad drivers who also run stop signs, but when I ride my bike, I am keenly aware of the vehicles around me because I know who will win, no matter who is right.

  • ApacheNaiche PINETOP, AZ
    Feb. 14, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Same problem on Traverse Mountain.

  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    A big problem for cyclists is that traffic lights often are not timed for them. So for example if a cyclist does not "run" a red light, in all likelihood the light will have changed while he or she is in the intersection, and there are plenty of motorists who think such are "open season." I am a cylcist and it has happened to me plenty of times.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Way ahead of you on the swearing at cyclists part. It's not just the traffic laws cyclists should be adherent to, but I'd like to see them acknowledge the laws of physics some times, too. The law (wrongly) puts all the blame on the motorist because the motorist has legal and financial responsibility to others. Cyclists, then, using this shield of legal invulnerability to make motorists responsible for whatever they do, even though they always lose to a collision with a car. Of course this doesn't mean motorists shouldn't share the road, although if you look at it from a risk analysis perspective I don't know why a cyclist would ever want to.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    My personal experience is that bicyclists obey the traffic laws more than car drivers. Certainly there are bicyclists who do not. But any drive on I-15 where the speed limit is 65mph and road conditions allow, you'll see that 75% or more of drives exceed the speed limit. Any drive through downtown Salt Lake and you'll see how many drivers speed up to blow through yellow lights. Any drive where there are pedestrians or bicyclists and you'll see how many drivers don't yield to either, even when they are in well-marked crosswalks. Bicyclists need to be better at obeying traffic laws. But the real threat to life and limb is not a 180 lb bicyclist on a 15 lb bike. The real threats to life are the impatient, inconsiderate drivers in 3,000 lb autos.