Today the DailyCamera is running a story on how the City and others are suggesting changes to the existing law that cyclist to ride through a crosswalk to requiring cyclist to dismount when crossing a crosswalk.
First reaction would be, "why are you riding on the sidewalk" because riding on sidewalks is dangerous? But after watching the above video its clearer that these "crosswalks" they speak of are more like cycling paths that cross-over a road. CU Campus is full of them and the other one off campus would be Walnut street and its cut by Folsom. Given that clarification will new laws and possible enforcement change the behaviors of those creating a dangerous situation? There are already laws that require cyclist to stop at stop signs and lights but that for some has no effect. Others in the cycling commuting are against such a new law change as explained in the Daily Camera Story. Please do read the Camera's story because they do a fair job of giving both sides of the issue.
Personally I'm not for requiring a cyclist to dismount at crosswalks like the one exists on Walnut and Folsom, I know how to cross safely and I do not dart into traffic while at the same time I do not submit to the cars because crosswalk users do have the right-away. However I AM for requiring cyclist to dismount at crosswalks that are typical sidewalk/intersection type which are probably about 95% of the crosswalks in the city but probably not the ones targeted in this new law. Related story on Cyclist on Sidewalks create bad reputation
This DailyCamera story is going to create a ton of comments, here are a few
Encouraging bikes to ride through crosswalks (which then implies riding on the sidewalk) blurs the line between a vehicle that must follow the same laws as cars, and some kind of rolling pedestrian. As a cyclist and as a driver I think this is pretty dangerous. Ride on the road.
I think most bicyclists go through pretty slow. The really dangerous ones are pretty infrequent, but they really are endangering themselves, and cars can't be expected to anticipate them. I don't know if any have been hit, but I would think they would be.
The only bikes that really drive me nuts are the occassional goofballs who go the wrong direction for the side of the road they are on, sometimes just for very short distances like to reach a wheelchair ramp or something. They end up being in a completely unpredictable place and even good defensive drivers are eventually going to hit them. I can hardly believe it when I see it.