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Bike ban proposal in Missouri

(UPDATE 13JUL2010...MODot says the proposed bike ban in St. Charles County is illegal as the only the DOT has the authority to regulate such traffic.  Spokeman for St. Charles County says they'll fight it in court, if necessary.  LINK)

Hot on the heels of the bicycle ban in Black Hawk, Colorado, comes another similar proposal for St. Charles County in Missouri.  This one would ban bicycle travel on any road without a shoulder.  The 'logic' justifying this proposal is absolutely breathtaking in it's stupidity:

County Councilman Joe Brazil...increasing use of bicycles - especially in organized groups - causes a safety hazard on the roads without shoulders.

"You're going 55 (mph) and there's absolute limited sight distance," he said. "You come around a corner and come upon a bike in seconds and you have to react."..........from STLToday

Everyone using a public road has the responsibility to exercise due care toward all other road users. That means the overtaking driver - regardless of his mode of transportation - is obligated to pass safely. That also means he's obligated to maintain control of his vehicle, slowing when it's appropriate to do so - LIKE WHEN HE'S DRIVING AROUND A BLIND CURVE AND HE CAN'T SEE WHAT'S AHEAD! How tough is that?

Instead, Councilman Brazil wants to absolve motorists of responsibility for their actions and ban cyclists. The problem is that motorist drive too fast for conditions and cannot control their vehicles. The solution is to ban bicyclists. That's hardly a solution. It's more on the order of insanity.  Still, if ridicule is the appropriate response to stupidity, let's hope Councilman Brazil gets his due.

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    • Bob Brown 5 years ago

      I love it. You bicyclists are to stupid to stay off the unsafe roadways. To the author "Pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow." I hope the ban will be in effect all over the USA.

    • Ed W 5 years ago

      Thanks, Bob. Your pithy, cogent reasoning and al fresco approach to both spelling and grammar are much appreciated.

    • 5 years ago

      Its about time. This is not 1910, way to much traffic for 5 mph bicycles. Why will none of our Senators, put it to a vote of the people? It should be on this falls ballot, ban bikes, yes or no. Let the people of IOWA decide.

    • The Lord, Jesus Christ 5 years ago

      PLEASE make it so for the rest of the states. I'm sick of these blundering idiots cycling NEXT TO EACH OTHER ON ROADS WITH NO SHOULDER.

    • Risan Tanis 5 years ago

      I know I'm late to the game, but I'm amazed by the comments. I completely agree with Ed on this. The solution is to lower the speed limit if there is a danger. I'm really curious how many accidents have been on the road from other obstacles. Maybe they don't have an issue with deer like we do in Oklahoma.


    • Ed W 5 years ago

      Early this morning, someone pointed out that the proposed ban in Missouri contravenes state law, but I don't know that for a fact. Regardless, it wouldn't be the first time a local government passed an illegal law in order to pander to their political base. Someone with deep pockets has to oppose it, and the pols gamble that no one will do so. The yeoman's work in all this is shouldered by the state advocacy groups, not LAB. As far as I'm aware, LAB does not offer any financial assistance in fighting these proposals. They do offer advice to those state organizations, but that brings up the question of why anyone would pay dues to the national group when the work is done at the state level.

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