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Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, as well

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Dear Editor:

Knowledge of traffic law is almost non-existent in Paonia. And the worst example I have seen just recently was a bicyclist riding against traffic forcing vehicles over into the opposite lane of traffic followed by running the stop sign with absolutely no regard for the law. I then called that person out and asked them if they had ever read the traffic codes concerning bicycles and he looks at me and says, "Why would I do that?" My response was because you are disrespecting every person in this town who does follow the laws. His attitude was I will do whatever I want and everyone else can just be happy with it. This attitude is prevalent amongst the bicyclists in Delta County.

For those who have never read the state laws concerning bicycles, as a cyclist you are required to follow all of the traffic laws vehicles are required to follow plus some additional laws that are directed at bicyclists in particular like not riding abreast and holding up traffic behind you. It is not hard really! Stop at stop signs behind the stop bar and crosswalk (this applies to all vehicles and the rolling stop is illegal which 90 percent of the drivers in the valley seem to ignore). Use your turn signals and stay in the proper lane of traffic. Time for the bicyclists to share the cost and they all should be licensed after the age of 16 and everyone should have to display their license number in such a manner that it can be photographed and submitted to the local law enforcement or the state patrol. This is an unfair situation and could be leveled and made equal by having the bicyclist wear a vest with license plate sized numbers that are the same size as a license plate allowing them to be photographed when they break the law like they are allowed to do when a motorist gets too close to them.

Jeffrey Hatton

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