Well, I have 10 minutes left in this year’s 15 minutes of radio fame. Contrary to what I thought, I know of 1 (one) person that still listens to the radio in their car.
If someone had been listening to the radio they would have heard me talk about how grossly inefficient legal bicycling is on the sidewalk. They would have heard a police officer describe the legality of riding on the roadway and the legal way to ride on the sidewalk.
The listener would also have heard a logical and reasonable description of the desirability and functionality of the brightly colored shirts and the spandex shorts.
DJ Andy seemed genuinely interested and reasonably enlightened to the facts above. I was quite satisfied with the bits that went over the air. I think there was good and factual information in the 5 minutes of air time.
To DJ Andy’s credit – he had obviously read both my e-mails, the second was a rather lengthy set of points I think I’m good at discussing. Andy was willing on air, to face his ignorance of bicycling law and his ignorance of bicycling clothing. I commend him for that.
To DJ Andy’s dis-credit – he was not willing to face his ignorance that “jokes” like “BUT STILL, I'm driving a 4,000 lb car, you're riding a 10 lb bicycle. Get OUT OF THE STREET” and “I was like - if I had a bee bee gun right now, he would be yelping and calling the cops” are dangerous and irresponsible.
Because of this - parts of the meeting were very contentious. By that I mean I was contentious. With home field advantage, a bee bee gun and a 4000 lb car - he was not.
The entire visit was 30 minutes. In that 30 minutes I was able to finally ask an officer of the law, in an appropriate setting, the question I’ve held so anxiously for 2 or 3 years:
If the law says a bicycle has all the rights and responsibilities of any other vehicle on the road and The City installs traffic sensors that don’t detect bicycles, isn’t The City violating the law? The officer got it and immediately called in for the arrest of The City traffic engineer.
Just kidding - the officer DID get it, which is enough for me right now.
The officer and I disagreed on the meaning of this law:
A person driving a bicycle along a crosswalk, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, except that a bicyclist must stop before entering a crosswalk from a sidewalk and must yield to all traffic on the highway.
The officer believes if the bicycle stops before entering the intersection then any collision within the intersection is the fault of the automobile driver. I strongly suggest “yielding to all traffic” within the intersection makes collisions the bicycle rider’s fault. If you agree with my interpretation you’ll find it interesting that this officer is responsible for teaching bicycle safety to children in the schools. If you disagree with me - you probably haven't read this far anyway.
In reality, the only person who really knows what these laws mean is the judge that tries the case. In other words, we'll let the courts decide that. Hopefully the cyclist needing the clarity is alive to hear it.
That’s all…unless it’s not all.