Published on Oct 27, 2017
Happy Meals with local police. Riding safely is easy enough to learn. Bicycling with traffic in a predictable manner isn’t taught because folks are reluctant to share the road. Instead everybody thinks they know how and where a bicycle should be used. Many police will explain that the law requires riding in the street before suggesting common sense and safety requires using the sidewalk. Each city has its own set of rules related to sidewalk riding and police officers sometimes state the rules incorrectly to justify a stop and search. So a cyclist is expected to know and predict the law in each city as well as the preference of each officer who doesn’t understand the law or chooses to ignore it. I think there is room for improvement.