Letter: Equip bicyclists with appropriate signage

Pete Looney

Steve Sovern’s interesting letter was published Monday: “Laws aren’t enough to protect cyclists,” focusing on the reality that “somebody’s gonna get killed.”

It reminded me of last week, when I was riding my motorcycle on a blacktop, 35 mph zone. I came up behind a bicyclist. Plenty of room for one two-wheeler to pass another two-wheeler in the same lane. But I said, “No, bikes get the whole lane,” so I waited until I could pass in the other lane, as traffic backed up behind me.

As I pulled away, I wondered why bikes and motorcycles should or shouldn’t have the same rights on a street. Then I realized, bikes are slow-moving vehicles, whereas motorcycles flow with the traffic. In Iowa, tractors, mopeds and horse-pulled buggies, for instance, are slow-moving vehicles and there are regulations about signage — bright orange triangles, orange flags, properly marked.

So, I suppose if slow-moving bicycles deserve equal rights on roadways, they should be regulated with clearly-marked “slow-moving vehicle” signage as well.

I suppose we should do everything we can to avoid accidents and deaths.

Pete Looney

Marion

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