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Stay off the roads


Keith Kelley July 1st, 2010

James M. Branum (Letters, "Curbed enthusiasm," June 9, Gazette) makes a few interesting points about cyclists riding on the streets of OKC. Yes, according to Oklahoma law, Title 47 of the Motor Vehicl...

James M. Branum (Letters, "Curbed enthusiasm," June 9, Gazette) makes a few interesting points about cyclists riding on the streets of OKC. Yes, according to Oklahoma law, Title 47 of the Motor Vehicle code, it is legal to ride a bicycle on OKC streets.

When cyclists "take the lane," or they "ride assertively," this will force the motorists passing them to move over to another lane to pass a "vehicle" moving approximately 15 mph. Since cyclists are not required to carry insurance, or have a tag, or lights or any safety equipment, this is not only putting the cyclist in danger, but the passing motorists as well.

When cyclists ride in rush-hour traffic " or other heavy traffic  " this is irresponsible and just plain dangerous. Weaving in and out of traffic, blowing through stop signs, no signals and very slow-moving "vehicles" are just a few of the many reasons why cyclists should stay off the roads designed for motor-vehicle traffic.

Cyclists seem to be their own worst enemy. This begs the questions: Just because it is legal to do something, should you?

"Keith Kelley
Edmond
 
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