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Missouri legislator calls for giant fluorescent bike flags

A Missouri state representative wants cyclists to ride with a fifteen-foot tall fluorescent orange flag on any “lettered country road,” or rural highway.

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A Missouri state representative wants cyclists to ride with a 15-foot tall fluorescent orange flag on any “lettered country road,” or rural highway.

Jay Houghton, Republican from the 10th district, proposed House Bill 2046, which would require every bicycle to be “equipped with a flag clearly visible from the rear and suspended not less than fifteen feet above the motorway when the bicycle is standing upright.”

The entire bill is just one paragraph long and does not specify a funding source for the giant bike flags, or describe how the flags would be attached to a bicycle, or designate a flag lowering mechanism so that cyclists don’t get hung up in trees, bridges, power lines, birds, or low-flying aircraft.

Jay Houghton is on Twitter, and, like all politicians, welcomes feedback from the general population.