James R. Holbrook: Need a light?

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I just returned from a weekend conference in Steamboat Springs. I was shocked by the number of bicyclists who rode at night without some sort of lighting.

Bicyclists are notorious for not obeying traffic lights — riding any direction, running red lights and stop signs. I saw police cars overtake or meet bicyclists who were riding without lights. Frankly, I was scared to death to drive through town Friday evening after dark.

James R. Holbrook

Pueblo

Comments

rhys jones 1 year, 8 months ago

James -- I'm sure if you'd stopped and asked any of them, they had a light.

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Richard Hagins 1 year, 8 months ago

I am surprised that you would be scared to death to drive through town. Rule of thumb is Gross Vehicle Weight Rules. If it's bigger than you, you will lose. Now, if bicyclists would look at larger vehicles as Bikers do when we ride our motorcycles, there would be a little more respect of the road. We are constantly looking for drivers who are oblivious of their surroundings. To get a motorcycle license one has to pass a state test or take a riders safety course, a bicyclist doesn't take a test to know the Colorado Bicycle Rules of the highway. Their only requirement is to keep balance. Every bicyclist needs to read: CRS 42-4-1412 at http://colobikelaw.com/law.php
Many years ago, I was bicyclist when I moved here from Boulder. I was constantly reminding people of the laws, but there are some that just don’t get it!

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bill schurman 1 year, 8 months ago

It is just a matter of time before a bicyclist is injured/killed when riding at night without proper lighting. It's a real world out there. Wise up. Lights are cheap.

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rhys jones 1 year, 8 months ago

We had a bicyclist a few years back, thought he had the right-of-way -- the memory of which probably haunts the cement-truck driver to this day. Some people get it too late.

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