Laying down the law for cyclists and drivers
In the aftermath of July's Critical Mass ride, which left drivers and cyclists feuding over the rules of the road, we asked readers what questions they had about state and local laws for bicyclists. The top irritants for drivers: cyclists who ignore red lights and stop signs, and jump from sidewalk to roadway. Biggest frustrations for cyclists: drivers who pass too close or make right- or left-hand turns in front of an oncoming bike, and roadways that aren't adequately designed for bike traffic. The law is pretty simple: All traffic laws that apply to motorists also apply to bikes, says Jeff Kappel, spokesman for the Seattle Police Department. "Operate your bicycle as if you were driving a car." "If you act like a vehicle, you will be treated like a vehicle," echoed Chris Cameron, commute director of the Cascade Bicycle Club.
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