Bike Laws Make No Sense

RECEIVED Thu., April 24, 2008

Dear Editor,
    The laws pertaining to bicycles do not make sense with the reality of bike-riding in a city, as human-powered vehicles following car laws can be dangerous. Instead of bikes following the same laws as cars, bikes should have laws that take into account the lower speeds and human power of the bikes. Bikes should have the right-of-way at yield signs, should treat stop signs as yield signs, and should treat stoplights as stop signs. It is often safer for a bike to go before the crush of cars at a stop sign, and it makes no sense for a bike to stop at a stop sign when there are no cars coming. Precedent can be found in boating laws that treat different-powered boats differently. Sailboats do not follow the same laws as powerboats. Bicycles should have the same kind of preferred status that sail has to power in the boating world.
Tom Cuddy
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