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Colorado Motorists Call For “Protest” Against Cyclists

Reposted from this PDF, via Bike Commuting in Columbus:

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
JULY 25TH
BLOCK DANGEROUS CYCLIST DAY BOULDER CO

ON AUGUST 5th new regulations limiting driver rights regarding dangerous bicyclists will be the STATE LAW.

CYCLIST FLOUT COMMON SENSE, ENDANGER THOSE IN CARS ON MOUNTAIN ROADS IN THE NAME OF SELFISHNESS; CARS WILL BE FORCED TO CROSS DOUBLE YELLOW LINES ON DANGEROUS LIMITED VISIBILITY ROADS DUE TO THE EXPANDED RIGHTS OF CYCLISTS.

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE HAS A LONG HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES. THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER LAWMAKERS WILL ONLY RESPOND TO COMMON SENSE WHEN PUBLICITY REACHES THE GENERAL MEDIA.

ON JULY 25TH IN CELEBRATION OF DRIVERS RIGHTS MANY CARS WILL USE THE LEFT HAND CANYON ROAD, DRIVE SLOWLY AND MANY MAY BREAK DOWN UNEXPECTEDLY, BLOCKING AREAS TO THE CYCLISTS ON THE RETURN LEG OF THE “SUNRISE CENTURY”. PLEASE USE JUDGEMENT DURING THIS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.

MANY WHO ALSO LIVE IN THE FOOTHILLS OR WHO HAVE BEEN ENDANGERED BY CYCLIST BEHAVIOR WILL JOIN IN WITH THEIR “DRIVERS RIGHTS” TO PULL OVER AND INSPECT THEIR VEHICLES FOR ENGINE TROUBLE, SOUNDS, OR OTHER SAFETY ISSUES. MANY CARS AND SAFE DRIVERS ALL WORKING TOGETHER CAN SEND A MESSAGE TO THE STATEHOUSE TO RESTRICT CYCLING ON OUR ROADS WHICH ARE OUR ONLY ALTERNATIVES DURING FAMILY EMERGENCIES, COMMUTING AND REQUIRED DUTIES.

BLOCK THE ROAD DAY IS JULY 25TH CENTERING AT LEFT HAND CANYON and nelson road. DRIVE SLOWLY FOR SAFETY AND PULL OVER WITH FLASHERS as SAFETY REQUIRES.

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38 Comments

  1. austinJune 24, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Wow, it takes some brave men and women to endanger the life of others for the sake of their offended sense of entitlement.

  2. Ghost RiderJune 24, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Here’s the real kicker: “CARS WILL BE FORCED TO CROSS DOUBLE YELLOW LINES ON DANGEROUS LIMITED VISIBILITY ROADS”

    No, morons — NOTHING “forces” you to cross a double yellow (except your own stupidity and disregard for published laws). It’s illegal no matter what the circumstance.

    Wow…what a bunch of misguided, ignorant “motorists”. Someone ought to call a lawyer or three to get this thing stopped before those motorists do something REALLY stupid. Where they get this sense of entitlement to public roads is beyond me.

  3. Cyclin MissyJune 24, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Wow. How rediculous. I haven’t read the new Boulder cyclist rights, but I find it hard to believe that a law would require motorists to “cross double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads” when it isn’t safe. On the contrary, I would guess that cars are supposed to slow down and wait until they can see that it is safe to pass a cyclist…just like everywhere else.

    To “drive slowly for safety” doesn’t sound like much of a protest action either. Shouldn’t motorists do that around cyclists everyday?

    And finally, “dangerous cyclists?” OK, sure. Sometimes when cyclists break the traffic laws, they can endanger themselves and others. But in general, who’s really dangerous? The 2000 pound metal box traveling at 40 miles per hour or the exposed, fleshy human with a couple metal or carbon bars underneath him/her?

    Sigh.

  4. bradJune 24, 2009 at 7:28 am

    It sounds like normal traffic to me. Cars will pass dangerously on narrow roads, break down and block road access and certain drivers will march around shouting about their rights to drive wherever they want at whatever speed they want.

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  6. Cycle JerkJune 24, 2009 at 8:41 am

    HARUMPH!

  7. dan GJune 24, 2009 at 9:10 am

    The all-caps format is generally a good tipoff as to the quality of the ideas within.

  8. Mad Jack McMadJune 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This should be an interesting “protest.” Cars try to block cyclists, cyclists go around “broken down” cars, ride continues.

    If the motorists try other means of blocking cyclists, they might meet some actual “dangerous cyclists.” I hope they like the taste of u-lock!

  9. ChristopherJune 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I’m missing something here I think… won’t a parked car on the shoulder of the road force drivers behind it to cross the double yellow line and swerve into oncoming traffic as much, if not more than a cyclist?

    I hope some of these motorists who are ‘changing a flat’ or investigating a ‘sound’ under their hood are afforded the same room cyclists on the road are – three inches of clearance between them and the front right wheel, right?

  10. davidJune 24, 2009 at 11:03 am

    you must remember that boulder colorado is filled with the most pretentious and self entitled people on the planet. whether they are on bikes or in cars, they all dig the smell of their own farts. never have you seen so many people claiming green living while driving range rovers and FJ cruisers.

  11. DougJune 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I hate it when I *force* a car to unsafely cross the double yellow line!

    In any event, aren’t bikes pretty good at getting around stopped cars? Perhaps if the people in their broken down cars wait until just the right moment to open their doors?

  12. RyanJune 24, 2009 at 11:32 am

    The new law in Colorado is that a car has to give a bike 3 feet of space when passing. These fliers were posted to people who live in the Left Hand Canyon area. Left Hand Canyon has narrow winding roads and is popular with recreational cyclists. So the problem is that the 3 feet law now creates significant traffic backups on the canyon roads behind slower moving bikes because there isn’t enough room to legally pass the cyclists. Although I choose to commute by bike, I can understand why people who live in the canyon and have to travel that road everyday are irritated.

  13. davidJune 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Nothing good is going to come out of this. To all cyclists out this day, be careful and try to keep your cool (unless provoked of course :) )

  14. JohnnyJune 24, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I TOTALLY understand where they’re coming from.
    I mean, damn!
    Cyclists are running cars off the road and running car drivers over all the time.
    Bicycles are clearly a detriment to fragile SUVs.
    We ride death machines!

    Oh, wait….

  15. gregJune 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Well,I guess Hate is really universal.Are these car protest freaks Rednecks OR Yuppies?

  16. spokejunkyJune 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Pulled straight from the Western Union telegraph service. Written and published by the same lady who does the analog to digital transition commercial. We’re talking progress here people.

  17. massageitwithyotongueJune 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Oh that’s a totally good point. I never realized I was infringing on someone’s right to pollute fragile mountain ecosystems and run over deer, chipmunks, elk, and people on bikes who don’t want to do the above. For now on, I’ll bike around the entire goddamn rockies so that someone who can actually go 200 mph doesn’t have to.

  18. rodemybokeJune 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    i love reading the comments so very true, mostly its teenagers and business men late for meeting’s that have a hugh problem with cyclists.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if a motorist or two gets there ass kicked for pulling into a bike lane and stopping.

  19. Johnny SprocketJune 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Bike don’t hold up cars. More cars on the road hold up cars!

  20. Herr NickJune 25, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Anyone who writes an entire communique in capital letters is an idiot.

  21. RonstaJune 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Driving is a privilege, not a “right” in this country.

    How will this protest be any different than riding through rush hour traffic? A bunch of motorists wasting a day on the mountain while the cyclists slither through freely on their way. Whatever gets their rocks off, I guess.

    Hope everyone stays safe that day.

  22. Kyle PhillipsJune 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Really? I hope their protest day is good for them. They can see how much of a wasted day it was as cyclists on the mountain pass wizz by them, haha.

    Drivers if you are reading this (which you aren’t), please realize you aren’t God.

  23. JoshJune 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I’m sure those cyclists will find a way through or around the protesting motorist anyway. That’s the beauty of a bike. Small, nimble and unbound by a giant steel box. I hope all of the cyclists on that day will give a HUGE smile and a wave to all “broken down” vehicles or maybe stop to see if any of them need help fixing their giant anchors.

  24. CindyJune 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t understand why both drivers and riders can’t respect each other. I drive and I ride and have seen stupidity in both. The saying, ‘one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch’ applies. Why not require riders to have some form of identification on their bike that motorists and other riders can record and report to the police in bad situations? Of course it will cost a bit of money, but if you are going to use the road, why shouldn’t you be required to be licenced for it? Or, use the money from it to pave bike roads alongside the auto roads? It’s not like it would take up a lot of space or cost a lot more.
    Just a thought.

  25. Glenn CJune 30, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Living in Colorado, I think its fair to point out a couple things. First, the bill was brought forward by a bipartisan effort (Greg Brophy (R) from somewhere out on the plains is one of cycling’s best advocates in our statehouse. The law is intended to give cyclists the same right of way as any other vehicle, and clarify some confusion about right of way that old laws left ambiguous. It calls for three feet of passing space for cyclists, which establishes a legal standard in the event of an accident. It says that cyclists are allowed to use whatever part of the road they need to to go around broken down cars, snow, road cones, or whatever else may be cluttering the right hand side of the road. It also ramps up the fine for aggressive behavior towards cyclists. Throw something out the window at a cyclist, and there are consequences in proportion to the risk posed to the victim. And drivers should choose to cross the double yellow line when appropriate, or occasionally drive slower than their vehicle’s maximum feasible velocity, as they would behind any slower moving vehicle. Overall, I think its a pretty solid law, and I’m glad our state passed it.

  26. JohnnyJuly 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Glenn, you’re right. It’s an awesome law. Even though these motorists are reacting strangely, and we’re reacting to them with disbelief, this law is fantastic. I hope other states will follow. We didn’t get a law like that in Maryland.

  27. AireialJuly 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

    hmm well you know what would solve this..the fact is that people who drive vehicles pay for the road they drive on. maybe they should make all bicyclists register their bikes and pay taxes on the roads they made for motorists. People probably wouldnt get so mad.

  28. RonJuly 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Aireial, that is last year’s defense. We ALL pay for roads — even people who don’t drive OR cycle. Do your research before you simplify everything.

  29. DaveJuly 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    The gasoline tax only goes into the federal road budget and so is used mostly for highways. Local and county roads are paid mostly through sales and property tax and sometimes state and local income tax. I think that most cyclists pay their share and then some.

    Driving has been defined as a “privilege” rather than a “right.” Freedom to travel (unless you are in prison) is generally a right. Making driving a privilege certainly crowds on that right, but given the potential to inflict lethal damage with a car, licensing is probably necessary.

    However, biking and walking do not generally pose a lethal danger to others so I would hate to see biking go from a right to a licensed privilege.

  30. VectorJuly 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I keep reading “just wait for a safe place to pass”, but in driving from Lyons to Boulder and following a pack of cyclists riding 5 wide and 40 deep, it is obvious they are not following the cycling laws. It is even worse when that same pack is on a small mountain road and taking up both lanes.

    I had the great pleasure of having a cyclist broadside my car on a mountain intersection when he blew by a stop sign. Even after the police arrived he kept screaming, “HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO ME!” I think that says it all.

  31. RonJuly 14, 2009 at 11:24 am

    you’re absolutely right, vector.
    a few jerks represent us all.
    so the five people that almost ran me over this morning represent all drivers, LIKE YOU.
    i think THAT says it all.

  32. Safe_bikingJuly 21, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    There is a video on u-tube called “Unsafe Cyclist in Montgomery County Maryland” it shows that bicyclist violating the law. The bicyclist act as thought they are above the law. We need to work together to stop this Scofflaw Cyclist. Video tape them publish it and call the police, your local Council person and demand that bikes follow the same laws as cars an request the ticketing and impoundment of bikes the same way they do cars…

  33. steveJuly 31, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    There will be blood

  34. John GaltAugust 2, 2009 at 1:35 am

    TRUE STORY: driving towards tiny town, two bicyclists decided they want to ride the road (is this common?). I slow down behind them, the turns up ahead too close for me to safely pass. I am driving at 5-10 mph and one of the cyclists slows down, pulls to the right, attempting to let me pass (into a spot between him and a rider who has pulled ahead, great, that’s just what I need). There is a turn up ahead which I have no visibility around, so obviously I do NOT attempt to pass him by pulling into the other lane. He gives me 2-3 seconds, throws his arm in the air in disgust, swerving into the lane when he does so, like he tried to be accommodating, but since I didn’t pass when he thought I should, he wouldn’t even bother trying again. THERE WAS A CURVE RIGHT THERE WITH NO VISIBILITY? I am constantly amazed by the selfishness and sense of entitlement that these people have – they had no business being on that road, but of course, that doesn’t even enter into their decision making. He is such the typical experience that drivers get, and bicyclists don’t appreciate. He was dangerous to himself, and to anyone riding near him, and I had a 4 year old in the car. There simply are roads which should be off-limits to the bikes, in the mountains especially.

  35. JohnnyAugust 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

    “I am constantly amazed by the selfishness and sense of entitlement that these people have”

    Try riding a bike around cars on roads we’re supposed to share! If cyclists all universalized the actions of douchebag drivers the way that drivers universalize the actions of douchebag cyclists, we’d resort to smashing mirrors and windshields by now. You think we need to understand “the typical experience drivers get”? Try understanding the typical experience we encounter: dozens (at least) of cars who are not paying attention to us and who could flatten us. Cars who are more concerned with what WE do, rather than what THEY do, which gets us killed.

    You think we could kill YOU with our selfishness? If you and the cyclist collided, you’d win, no matter who was in the wrong. What would you have said if it was another car going that slowly? Would you call that driver selfish and entitled? You both wanted to use the road. If they are selfish for wanting to use it the way they want to, so are you.

    If you had a 4-year old in the car, I would think you would be more patient and not angry enough to feel the need to vent cyclist hate online. You accuse cyclists of selfishness and a sense of entitlement and then go ahead and say, “they had no business being on the road.” Were you being ironic? You don’t see the ridiculousness in your rant? You’re mad at them for acting like they owned the road, and they you talk like you do? Seriously?

  36. Robert501October 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I understand a bicyclist who isnt going a minimal speed. There are times I am flying on my bike and trying to make a left turn. I am waiting for the oncoming cars to pass and time my turn so I do not have to brake. I’m heading a good amount of speed. The driver of the car behind me gets upset because he wants to pass me and race to the red light ahead.

    Whats his problem I ask? He is a jerk who cant wait one second. I am flying and have a right to make a left hand turn like any vehicle.

  37. WheelsMay 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I think cyclists are very selfish and if they are going to drive out in the street acting like immortals, then let them. Lots of drivers simply look the other way if they think it will get messy. Not much a cyclist can do, other then get the fuck out of the way. Cyclists are like overgrown youngsters who like to look more significant then they actually are. All they do impose at the motorists expense. It’s like a cyclist’s very own manifest destiny.

  38. WheelsMay 25, 2010 at 10:34 am

    cars & bikes are like apples & oranges.

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