Bikes are here – cyclists are everywhere in more and more numbers.
Even Houston, Texas now has now begun considering an ordinance to enforce safe passing of bike riders on the roads – no buzzing cyclists!
And of course, there seems to be a bit of public discourse over the idea of a law enforcing the safe passing space of cars to bikes on the road – here’s a little bit of what people are saying:
I’ve never almost hit a cyclist who was following the laws but I can tell you numerous stories about cyclists who were breaking laws that I almost hit. [...]
Bicyclists endure a lot of hazards in Houston and I respect their right to the road. However, in general, I find them a rude and lawless group. [...]
We cannot ride on sidewalks, so we must ride in the road. Does that give a driver the right/okay to zip past us in anger, nearly clipping us with their mirrors?[...]
Yep, in Houston too, no bicycles allowed on sidewalks apparently, we have been hearing a lot of that too especially on roads that don’t have bike lanes or safe room for bikes and cars to co-exist.
And The Houston Chronicle in writing about the potential new ordinance for the safe bike passing law, and asking their audience what they think, says, we’re sure without bias, “Houston’s built for cars, so do you think this is a good idea?”
Go Texas. In fact, even some law enforcement agencies in Texas are using bikes for their patrols, and Houston is late to get a specific ordinance on the books according to the Houston Chronicle coverage of this story:
“Though it boasts a growing biking culture, Houston is the only major city in Texas without a safe-passing law requiring motorists to share the road with cyclists and others. City leaders now want to change that. [...] Fourteen other Texas cities, most using BikeTexas‘ proposal, have approved safe-passing laws since Gov. Rick Perry’s 2009 veto of a bill that would have required drivers to keep a minimum distance from cyclists. Nationwide, 39 states have adopted safe passing laws.
Hey, where ever you ride – where ever you roam, gotta know your basic bicycle road way laws.
Here’s a couple different good sources for Houston and Texas.