According to the Denver Police and the Westword accidents with cyclists for 2012 has already surpassed that of 2010 with 228 as of July 8. What's going on? Some will say this is to be expected, as we see more cyclists take to the street statistically we will see more accidents. Others are complaining that drivers just don't "get it" in how to co-exist on a road made for both users.
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if there's somebody there, and they have right of way, yield, if not, roll on through [stop sign].
And while Colorado may not be one yet, several states successfully have laws that allow cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs
If cyclists are going to be taken seriously, we need some consistency first and foremost. This also means bike salmon and those riding faster than pedestrian speed on sidewalks should be ticketed.
Make CU freshmen take cycling course. Doesn't CU have a cycling clinic? If not they need one. Additionally educate the lower class in this town too on riding on the bike lane and not on the sidewalk or how to choose a route that is off the commonly driven route... do you really need to ride down Pearl street when there is Spruce?
10% of time it was to the left of the White Line in traffic going 60 MPH? Give those guy a Darwin Award! [problems with the Busstop Ride Boulder]
But cyclists are providing their share of blame, according to the Westword
On one side of the debate, some are concerned that cyclists carelessly and regularly break laws -- running through stop signs, ignoring red lights -- and put others and themselves in danger in the process. On the other side, some cyclists say drivers are uneducated about cycling and do a bad job of sharing the road with bikers -- as they are legally required to do.
"Sadly, I think it is common to talk to bicyclists that have a story about having a crash with an automobile," says van Heuven. "It's also common to hear people talking about...an incident with a person on a bike that is not following the law."
Read the complete article on the Westword
The Denver Police have also stepped up their part by handing out more tickets to cyclists to help curb the ignorant choices made by many.
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- Cops cracking down on cyclists
- Which type of law broken by cyclists is the worst?