If bikes are outlawed…
Bravo to Selz and Magas for seeing the case in Trotwood to the end(see “LegallySpeaking – with Bob Mionske: You gotta fight for your right to slooooowdown“). I’ve long since lost track of how many times I’ve explainedto non-cycling friends that it is not illegal for me to rideon the road at a slower pace than cars, as long as I don’t break the lawsregarding impeding traffic (such as by holding up a line of five or morecars unnecessarily).
Covington, Washington…only (really slow) outlaws will have bikes
Thank you for publishing Steve Maga’s description of Selz vs. Trotwoodin your latest Legally Speaking column. This was a very important courtcase upholding our rights to the road whether we be training, commutingor just out for a ride.These sorts of legal hassles are nothing new and will not go away. Lawsand attitudes restricting cyclists rights are found in many states andmunicipalities; a manditory sidepath bill has just been introduced in Iowaby a legislator who became irate with some cyclists who were riding ona road instead of a nearby bike path (for a look at what has to be thelegislative equivalent of “get the &^%$ off the road!” see www.bikeiowa.com).For an historical review, see the web site of League of American Bicyclistseffective cycling instructor Fred Oswald at www.crankmail.com).Many of the racers I’ve known have been notoriously apolitical whenit comes to cycling advocacy, preferring, understandably, to put theirtime and effort into training. But how can you train if you are legallyrun off the road? We need to wake up, smell the coffee and work to bothdefend and expand our rights. Thanks for bringing this up in a racing publication.Khalil J. Spencer
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Board Member, Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico
Former Cat 27 racer (at least I would have been had categories gone that low)Speaking of which…
I don’t know if many of you have seen this but look what made the No.5 spot on Business 2.0’s list of “The101 Dumbest Moments in Business.”To quote:
No. 5. If we accuse them of backpedaling, does that makethem a target?
“We deeply regret that comments made by on-air personalities were misinterpreted.Clear Channel does not condone advocating violence in any form.”
Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan, after disc jockeys atthree of the company’s stations urge listeners to attack bicyclists withtactics that include slamming on car brakes, throwing open car doors suddenly,and beaning riders with soda bottles.
It’s nice to see them get their due.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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