Erin Mollerup 
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Re: “String of Cyclist, Pedestrian Accidents Claims Another Life

I am a cyclist and I agree that if people ride at night, they should wear lights. Also, riding in the road is well within the perimeters of the law. In Idaho, if you are considered a "powered vehicle" (whether that be with an engine or human-powered) you abide by the same traffic rules as cars. That means, cyclists should be riding on the street, riding with traffic. I will admit that there have been times that I went up on the sidewalk, but that is mostly if I'm riding downtown after 5:00 and people are usually in a hurry to get home and not paying attention to me, or getting impatient and rushing past me. There are people who ride bikes in our city that give other cyclists a bad name; those who ride against traffic, without lights, etc. etc. etc. However, there are cyclists like me that are riding as a mode of transportation and don't want to be shoved off my bike just because I'm well within the rules of the law by riding on the street. Yes, I would prefer a bike lane, but sometimes you have to take what you can get. Please don't take this as an opportunity to demonize cyclists, but rather, a teachable moment that as drivers, we should be more cognizant of our surroundings. Sometimes it's a person on a bike and sometimes it's a child running into the street after a ball; you always have to be aware. As should cyclists should be cognizant of the fact that without lights and not obeying traffic rules, they are putting themselves at risk of getting hit.

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Posted by Erin Mollerup on 10/08/2013 at 12:12 PM

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