Archive for January, 2008

Cyclist vs. Car Bias?

Are Bicyclists getting a fair shake from the police? Darren Seltzer thinks maybe not.

Darren Seltzer wrote:

Hello All. This email is merely a rant, there is no ‘timely’/critical information, so you can delete now, or read on if you would like to know more. I was watching the morning news (rare that I am up that early) and saw a clip on an elderly lady who hit a cyclist yesterday. The footage showed the horrifically cracked windshield of the red, 2 door, late model Cadillac (shocking huh?). The cyclist was said to have a few major injuries, and that he was wearing a helmet. The only other information I know is the lady was cited for a “failure to yield” violation. If you are still reading…I had read on Velonews of a forum (link below) by an attorney, who thought there is a huge bias against cyclists in both the driving/police enforcement communities. Mr. Mionske quotes many incidents (including one in Incline not too long ago) where many cyclists have been hit/and or killed, and then to find the driver rarely cited, even when the situation dictates pure driver error. You can read the link below: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/13637.0.html Finally to my question: For the Reno cycling community, has anyone personally felt/seen a bias against cyclists? I would also like to ask anyone with any legal background, how/why do these motorists only receive a slap on the wrist for injuring or even worse, killing a cyclist? Thank you if you have read this far. I believe we all know as cyclists there are inherent risks in our sport, but there should be greater consequences for motorists who injure/kill cyclists, just as a motorist to motorist fatality (vehicular manslaughter). I apologize if I seem a bit heated. It’s just that these incidents arise quite frequently, more than they should. Thanks again everyone! PS-if anyone has any information on the cyclist I heard of this morning, please let me know.

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Level the playing field

From Bike Coalitio…

In Nevada, I frequently hear that cyclists “have all of the rights and responsibilities of a motorist”, with a few exceptions. This is a blessing and a curse. When two motorists crash together, one gets a “failure to yield” citation and his insurance company pays to have both vehicle repaired. It’s no big deal. When a motorist hits a bicyclist and gets a “failure to yield” citation, it’s no big deal for him but the cyclist frequently is maimed or worse. It just doesn’t seem fair. One gets maimed and the other pays a $100 ticket.

So does anyone know if any state in the US has adopted laws that give cyclists more of a level playing field?

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