Cyclist versus car: Rules of the road

By: Thomas Jordan Email
By: Thomas Jordan Email

Civil sharing of the road is in the spotlight after a boulder cyclists' video of an outraged driver went viral earlier this week.

This video of a mad motorist has been everywhere recently.

And for cyclists here in Mesa County, it hits really close to home.

"I feel that there's enough road out there that we can all enjoy it," said manager of The Bike Shop Bryan Miick.

"We don’t interfere with traffic, we are traffic," said cyclist John Hodge.

Bryan miick and John Hodge are both veteran cyclists here in Grand Junction and say they've had their fair share of harassment on the road.

"Diesel trucks are a big one; they will pass you and put out a big puff a smoke at you," said Miick.

"You can see for a mile or two in front of you and someone passes you by inches, there's really no need for it," said Hodge.

Those are just a few of their close calls, Bryan's heard of cyclists being hit with bags of chips. Water bottles and being clipped by side view mirrors, but he also says that type of harassment isn't an everyday thing.

"Most people are ordinary normal people just out doing their thing, they aren't looking to run you off the road or anything, occasionally you get someone who is having a bad day," said Miick.

Good day or bad day, Colorado State Patrol is on patrol for traffic violators, no matter what you ride or drive.

"They are bound by the same motor vehicle laws, and we ask the motorists to give the cycle 3 feet between the bike and the vehicle," said Colorado State Patrol Sergeant Dean Garcia.

As well as.

"Stopping at stop signs, stopping at red lights, not running red lights, yielding to the right a way to people on the road way," said Garcia.

And if violated.

"Bicyclists can be charged with moving violations if they violate the same laws as motorists, if fact if they run a stop sign or run a red light, they can be charged with that too," said Garcia.

Fines can range from thirty five-hundred dollars. The Colorado Department of Transportation offers a handbook for operators of two and four wheeled transportation when it comes to sharing the road.

"It would make them more aware that bicycles are out there on there on the road and they are not just a toy," said Miick.

C-DOT’s Don't Be a Road Hog program advises drivers that cyclists have the right away they should really focus on the road.

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