Bicyclists rally to raise awareness for road safety

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SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – On Saturday morning, more than 300 cyclists from Illinois and Missouri took part in a demonstration bike ride on the streets of Sunset Hills that ended with at rally at city hall. All of it was done in an effort to raise awareness about bike safety on the roads.

The idea was sparked after the death of cyclist Rick Beard and the recent accident involving Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer and cyclist Randy Murdick last week. Now activists are voicing their concerns and want tougher enforcement of bike laws for drivers.

Another demonstration is set for Monday morning in front of St. Louis city hall at 9am.

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  • lsl guy

    So a bunch of spandex clad bikers ride, probably back up traffic and run stop signs to bring awareness. Stupid.

  • EnoughPC

    I have not seen a bicyclist who obeys the law yet. They run stop signs, they pull up between cars, and they impede traffic, all illegal. Yet these idiots scream “share the road”

  • TheREALByeBye2ObnoxiousSelfCenteredPeople

    Yeah, and we need FAR tougher enforcement of the laws by BICYCLISTS. They need to obey the same laws they want motorists to obey. Sorry, “avid”, “fancy-pants” cyclists, you can’t expect motorists to obey all the laws in your favor while you run stop lights, stop signs and pass on the shoulder or between lanes of cars. Doing so is just selfish – which is pretty obvious what most of you are.

    Did you block lanes in Sunset Hills to make your point? Failed to yield to motorists when appropriate? Pass cars on the shoulder, then get in front of the line of traffic and “hold your line”?? Good – then you sure made your point, alright.

  • Ed Golterman

    Dissolve the Gateway Greenways taxing district, end the tax we’ve been paying for a dozen years. There are enough bike paths, and they take over the streets anyway. What a bunch of self-absorbed, self-centered jerks. How much of this tax money has quietly found its way into the City-Arch-River project, and for how many years? They are the special interest most served in this $400 million project.

    • rose

      ED G, yout right, and a lot of people don’t know about the ear marks on amendment #7, includes bicycles and sidewalks, not just highways and bridges.

    • M Ernst

      Wow, imagine if motorists worked to keep the roads safe for ALL pedestrians and cyclist. Then we wouldn’t have to spend tax payer $$$ on a separate infrastructure.

  • Steve

    Our roads are not designed for safe bicycle travel. As a recreational cyclist, I stick to bike trails. Sorry, but I am not putting my life in the hands of St. Louis motorists.

  • Ken

    Attention Spandex heads, OBEY THE LAW, OR GET OFF THE ROAD!

    Why not use one of the MANY bicycle trails purpose-built (that you all cried for) with our tax dollars.

    Police need to crack down on these two-wheeled, uptight nit-wits. Motorcyclists are required to obey all traffic laws, so the same for ANYONE riding on the public roads.

  • Martha young'Turner

    They need to learn the laws and obay them. I have went to make a right hand turn and there is a cyclist fly up on my right hand side. The ride the middle of the road, run stop signs; and weave in and out of traffic.

  • Bob Denver

    Most bike riders are full of themselves thinking that they own the road. Roads are for cars and motorcycles, not bikes. Ride your bike on the road, there’s a good chance you’ll get honked at, given the finger, or possibly hit by a car. You don’t like it – get off the road.

  • Andy Crossett

    I’m a motorist, motorcyclist and a bicyclist. Our infrastructure is woefully inadequate for sharing the road in many places around town. I hear many saying that bicyclists don’t follow the rules of the road. While there may be cases where this is true, there are also cases where motorists don’t follow the rules of the road. None of this is an excuse for bad behavior towards cyclists or to motorists.

    Did you know that it is not against the law for a bicylists to cross the street at a red light, after first stopping? Did you know that a bicyclist has right to take the full lane if there are parked cars on the right? This is to ensure someone opening a car door does not cause an accident with a cyclist. The point is we need to coexist, and the infrastructure needs to accomodate this.

    There has been effort to have “rails to trails”. This is all fine and good for recreation.
    But we really lack in this region having a trail system designed to help people get to and from work and other popular destinations. Some of this can involve well marked bike lanes on designated streets. But there needs to be concerted effort to have trail system connecting major parts of our city, so that there is no need to mix bicycles and cars together.
    Minneapolis has excellent examples of these type trails. We can do much better.

    Anyway, peace everyone! Catch a deep breath and work together!

  • Rebecca B.

    Missouri Revised Statutes
    Chapter 307
    Vehicle Equipment Regulations
    Section 307.188
    August 28, 2013
    Rights and duties of bicycle and motorized bicycle riders.
    307.188. Every person riding a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon a street or highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle as provided by chapter 304, except as to special regulations in sections 307.180 to 307.193 and except as to those provisions of chapter 304 which by their nature can have no application.
    307.190. Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction, except when making a left turn, when avoiding hazardous conditions, when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, or when on a one-way street. Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding other vehicles.

    Some cyclists follow the rules. Some motorists do, too. Almost everyone fails to follow the rules sometimes. Everyone should follow the rules all the time. Trails are amazing, but most people need to use roads to get to them, and they are often set aside as recreational paths, and fail to connect business and residential districts such that they can be alternatives to roads for commuters.

    There is a clear need for more education – for cyclists and motorists alike – regarding the rules and best practices so that motorists and cyclists can share the road. Motorists should be able to rely on cyclists acting predictably and legally. Cyclists should be able to ride lawfully without harassment or threat to body and bicycle. We’re certainly not there yet, especially the farther you get from the city line.

  • Bob Denver

    Ya, those laws are great and all – but cars rule the road. One wrong move from a car or the cyclist will end up in a serious injury or death – to the cyclist. Sure, cyclists should be able to ride without threat, but common sense says if you ride with cars on the road you better watch your a**!

  • Rebecca | Seven2Seven8

    @Bob, that’s why I think more education is the key. Rights of all road users should be part of school curriculum so that every person coming of riding (then driving) age knows their rights and responsibilities on public roadways whether they choose to operate a vehicle with two wheels and their feet or four wheels and a motor. I’d further argue for a continuing ed required as a condition of renewing your drivers license. Why continuing ed for the operators of cars, not bikes? (1) regressive implications of licensing bikes; (2) duplication of effort since most cyclists also drive; and (3) disproportionate risk of harm that can be caused by multi-ton vehicles (versus those that weight 10-50 pounds).

  • Bill Spencer

    Just this morning I saw a cyclist riding down the wrong side of the road. How do they expect public support when they break the rules themselves.

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