Cyclists: We Have Rights Too

Bicyclists continue their mission of fighting for their fair share of the roadway.

Cyclists say they have rights, too.

We've been reporting recently on several stories about bicyclists being hit by cars. Just Tuesday morning, August 9th, police were called to an incident on West Tennessee Street.

Cyclists say it's time that cyclists and drivers start thinking about safety.

Cyclist Courtney Krick says, "We're not really that safe out there."

That's why John and Adam Waldron prefer to keep their two wheels on a bike trail.

Adam says cycling in traffic is extra scary because of what could be going on inside of a car.

He says, "Texting and driving and people changing the radio and stuff like that. Especially on narrow roads, it's tough."

John Waldron says, "Never take anything for granted, even though there's a law that gives you that three-foot protection when you're on the road, you always keep looking out for the other guy."

In Florida and Georgia, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, which means cyclists have the same rights to the roadways and must obey the same traffic laws as cars and trucks.

Krick says she's been biking for five years now, but also sees both perspectives. She says, "As a driver, sometimes I come up to cyclists and they just go through the crosswalk at stoplights and it's really important to just wait for that light and stay in your lane."

While most agree that the responsibility of safety lies with cyclists and drivers, many cyclists say they hope laws are improved to better protect cyclists on the road.

For information about laws for cyclists and drivers, visit http://www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.html or http://www.massbike.org/resourcesnew/bike-law/state-bike-laws/.


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  • by ConservativeHippie on Aug 10, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    So pretty much all the anti-cycling rhetoric adds up to: "Bicycles should not be on the road because motorists are dangerous." Okay; I don't completely disagree with that. But I will take it one step further and say that most motorists aren't dangerous. Only the stupid/incompetent/inattentive ones are. And they aren't dangerous to just cyclists. They kill way more of their fellow motorists. What was the number? 17001? Just in the first year? And cyclists don't obey the law? Not a single one of these people were on a bicycle.
  • by driver Location: tallahassee on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Where do you drive? My experience is that the majority are not properly lit when cycling in early morning or night, do not yield when there is heavy traffic on a narrow road(bringing rush hour traffic to a 10-15 mph crawl), ignore basic traffic signals (red lights included). Cyclists should be accountable for their saftey too and stick to roads with bike lanes or at least pull off every so often to let traffic pass.
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      by driver too on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:13 PM in reply to driver
      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anon on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    I see plenty of complaints about bike riders not always following the rules of the road, but what about drivers? I'm always finding myself forced to avoid cars that pull out too far and block the crosswalk and the bike lane, and I've had to dodge more than a few drivers that decided to stomp the gas and turn left through a red light. There's a few stretches of road I flat-out refuse to ride on or even NEAR, Tallahassee drivers are just too dangerous and impatient and never pay attention.
  • by Joan Location: TLH on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    I see cyclist in on the roads in town every day, and I say a good 90% are responsible, law-abiding riders. They stop at red lights and stop signs, they signal their turns, they stay in the bike lane or on the edge of the road. I imagine they are generally commuters--people just trying to get where they are going. I have no problem with them. The other 10% (my general estimation) are usually young kids who either don't know the rules, or don't care. They are the problem. Don't hate on all cyclists just because a few are irresponsible or rude (biking in big groups on our narrow canopy roads is kinda rude). Drivers, some of who have commented here, have this "I'm bigger than you so get out of my way" mentality that is just plain stupid and dangerous. They are also a big problem. I am glad we are having this discussion. If there is ever a public forum on this I will surely attend and comment in person, not anonymously on a website.
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      by Tom on Aug 10, 2011 at 03:12 PM in reply to Joan
      I've seen JUST ONE cyclist who understood traffic laws. The rest of 'em assume the law doesn't apply.
  • by Bike commuter, bus rider, and driver on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Cyclists aren't riding the roads to annoy drivers. It's about people enjoying a sport, getting fit, getting to work, or trying to make a difference. The majority of cyclists want to share the road safely with drivers. Most cyclists are car drivers, too,and sometimes get behind cyclists on the road. They just know what it feels like to be the cyclist, too, and drive accordingly, which means with the sober knowledge that their car can easily maim or kill someone's wife, husband, mom, dad, child. A hasty action due to a few seconds of frustration on a driver's part can ruin the lives of all involved.
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      by cyclist and driver too on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:32 AM in reply to Bike commuter, bus rider, and driver
      Well said! A few moments (or even minutes) of perceived inconvenience for a driver is not worth ruining or ending the life of a cyclist.
  • by SUV on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    You Betcha! 1. You have the right to be runover when you stray into the road. 2. You have the right to go to jail for violating the rules of the road. 3. You have the right to complain to someone who cares.
  • by Kaley on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    The biggest lesson we all should take from this is tolerance. Remember: you are talking about a person, not just a bicycle. Everyone has the right to be safe, and I agree that everyone also the responsibility to follow traffic laws, riders and drivers alike. Also, I am a driver and a cyclist, and I do pay my share of taxes, as do many cyclists. Additionally, the impact of a bike versus a car on road wear and tear is significantly less. It's terribly disheartening to hear how calloused people are will regard to cyclists.
  • by avoiding Location: tally on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    they do not follow the same set of rules i have went off the road many times not to hit one i see them go right through red lights and stop signs every day never seen one get a ticket for it if you want to share the road share the rules
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    The only problem that I have with bicyclist is that the majority of you will no follow the rules of the road! Crossing against traffic without having a greenlight or thinking that cars can stop on a dime while you cross lanes in front of them. Just yesterday I say one of you cyclists cross monroe even though he had the red light!
  • by CourtneyKrick Location: Tallahassee on Aug 10, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    As evidenced by the number of comments, it's clear that both “sides” want something done. Rather than calling names and making threats I feel this is a great time to work together to make our roadways safer. With the current community plan of bike lanes on high speed/ heavy traffic roads cyclists are not safe. Rather than saying get off “my” road, help everyone by offering a feasible solution. I don’t have the answers, that’s why I wanted to create an open dialogue, for improvement, not to tear into each other.
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      by ConservativeHippie on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to CourtneyKrick
      Bike lanes are only 1/3rd of a system. In order for them to be effective you also need bike boxes at intersections to queue bikes up ahead of motor vehicles, and bicycle specific traffic controls to move cyclists through an intersection before motorists are released.
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        by driver on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM in reply to ConservativeHippie
        In school they taught us bicycle safety, and the rule was 'get off your bike and cross the intersection as a pedestrian'.
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          by ConservativeHippie on Aug 11, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to driver
          What school, grade school? What age were you when you were taught this? And how long ago was that? I remember being taught that too. I think I was in 1st grade at the time, so that would have been over 40 years ago. So not only is that information grossly outdated, it is certainly not a legal requirement, I highly doubt it ever was. You have advanced in other areas since you were taught this, correct? Why not traffic laws?
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