Apr 11, 2010 8:13 AM by John Romero
Recently a national cycling magazine named Colorado Springs the 18th most bike friendly city in the US. But it doesn't mean drivers are always so friendly on the roads. Many cyclists like John Crandall have to deal with angry drivers. "It's very easy with a 4 thousand pound vehicle to intimidate a 20 pound bicycle rider." he explains, "Physics rule. If there's any contact, the cyclist will lose always."
Legislation passed last year enforces a 3 foot rule between cyclists and cars. It also charges anyone who throws an object at a cyclist with a class 2 misdemeanor. That carries a fine of between $250 and $1,000 and a possible sentence of up to 12 months in jail. Crandall hopes the laws will protect Colorado cyclists a little more. "What it did do was put some teeth in the law where there might be a case of a motor vehicle driver intimidating or squeezing them (cyclists) off the road." he says. Ultimately for Crandall he says it's up to both cyclists and drivers alike to obey laws. "One is just as responsible as the other." he says, "Hopefully we can follow all the rules and drivers can too so we can safely share the roads."