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Old 06-11-2013, 11:09 AM
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Whats up with the bicycling laws in Missoula?
Let me first state I am totally supportive of riding a bicycle any time you can. Its good for you and for the environment.
But come on people, use your heads. I was taught bicycle safety when I was 5.
After a very short time here, I have notices the total disreguard for safety or even common sense as soon as many of these people hit the seat.
I am a mailman and am out on the streets all day, so I see a lot.
I have nearly hit or been hit by a bicyclist way too many times already.
At first I though, OK maybe Missoula doesnt have the same laws Im used to. But guess what....they do. They are just ignored and not enforced. Many violations Ive seen done right in front of a police officer.
The bottom line is basically, if you cant do it in a car you cant do it on a bicycle. Its a red light, observe it. Its a sidewalk not a bike path. You DO NOT have the right of way to ride out into traffic any time you want and expect everyone to stop for you. Its a crosswalk. If you want to walk your bike across it, feel free, I will yeild to you. And no.....you can not ride against the flow of traffic.The only exception to this is.....if youre under 15 you can ride on the sidewalk unless in a business district.
So just use your heads. I will respect you, but I expect you to respect me too. I dont want anyone hurt. You or me.
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