Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Fayetteville, Biking Rules

The good thing that came from Barbara Rhoads biking accident is that many people are now aware of the rules of biking, even the police.
Meanwhile, Fayetteville police now say they wrongly wrote a "failure to yield" ticket to car driver Matsugi Cox, 77, of Fayetteville. Cox's car struck Rhoads as she rode her bicycle across Sycramore.

It's no wonder that most of the public are unaware of biking rules when the police are confused themselves. Well, at least they corrected their mistake. With the popularity of the Scull Creek Trail the City of Fayetteville really needs to get a solid Bike seminar together and present it at any venue they can. I'm sure they can team up with the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks.
I'm not much of bicycler myself (too hard on the tushie) but I am particularly courteous around bikers. I give them plenty of room on the road. While at road crossings I may have the right of way but I am willing to give up that right to make sure a biker crosses a road safely. Unfortunately, I hear far too often people complain about all the bikes on the road. It's one of the reasons I don't bike around Fayetteville. Too many people are angry at bikers.

1 comment:

Hardtack said...

The Rules of the Road apply not only to car drivers but also to bikers. What makes it difficult for bikers also are many of the streets in this part of the state are very narrow (just wide enough for cars), and it becomes a hazard when trying to pass them.

Fayetteville found out how expensive it is to make the road wider for bikers when discussing the widening of 265.