Attention Bike Riders! 2013

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Attention Bike Riders! 2013

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2013 2013 2013 <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9BokfA48Gxo/UjME9apxh_I/AAAAAAAAEgs/m-lq1JV4jxo/s1600/100_5323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9BokfA48Gxo/UjME9apxh_I/AAAAAAAAEgs/m-lq1JV4jxo/s400/100_5323.JPG" width="393" /></a></div>I should have seen it coming. I knew Burlington police, in conjunction with Local Motion, has been spot checking intersections for a couple years, handing out friendly warnings for those cyclists running stop signs and traffic signals, even zipping across town at night without lights. Fortunately, canvassers also distributed free blinky lights.<br /><br />All this led up to a profusion of warning signs zip tied to bike racks, timed for when thousands of college students arrived on campus this year.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">The Burlington Police Department is stepping up enforcement of all traffic laws for bicyclists. </span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">You could get a $50.00 ticket if you:</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">Go through a red light of stop sign&nbsp;</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">Travel the wrong way on a one-way street</span></blockquote><blockquote><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">Ride at night without lights (front &amp; back)</span></blockquote>While the bold print was aimed at cyclists (signs affixed to racks), all transit modes are forewarned. Drivers and pedestrians are likewise cautioned or will be ticketed.<br /><br />I have mixed feelings regarding crackdown on offending cyclists. There are more cyclists than ever cruising Burlington's narrow streets. That's a good sign. More students on bikes equals less drivers and—hopefully—less inebriated young people behind the wheels of dangerous vehicles. This is a positive direction for Burlington, one which is finally helpful in times of increased student attendance at several area colleges.<br /><br />How far reaching are the new transit laws? With few cycling routes in Burlington, I often ride sidewalks, sometimes against the flow on one-way streets. Neither do I stop at every stop sign. I assess each crossing and make a decision based upon traffic flow. As I like to tell my children, "make eye contact. Slow down. When in doubt, stop. Cars are bigger than you are." And, if I forget my light, I ride sidewalks at dusk. Will these practices now risk a fine?<br /><br />I realize laws are for the sake of general population, but at what point do they hinder safe navigation? Or worse, keep folks from even attempting to try two-wheeled transportation.<br /><br />At least they aren't banning cyclists from sidewalks, or instituting helmet laws—<i>yet</i>.<br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9BokfA48Gxo/UjME9apxh_I/AAAAAAAAEgs/m-lq1JV4jxo/s1600/100_5323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9BokfA48Gxo/UjME9apxh_I/AAAAAAAAEgs/m-lq1JV4jxo/s400/100_5323.JPG" width="393" /></a></div>I should have seen it coming. I knew Burlington police, in conjunction with Local Motion, has been spot checking intersections for a couple years, handing out friendly warnings for those cyclists running stop signs and traffic signals, even zipping across town at night without lights. Fortunately, canvassers also distributed free blinky lights.<br /><br />All this led up to a profusion of warning signs zip tied to bike racks, timed for when thousands of college students arrived on campus this year.<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">The Burlington Police Department is stepping up enforcement of all traffic laws for bicyclists. </span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">You could get a $50.00 ticket if you:</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">Go through a red light of stop sign&nbsp;</span></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">Travel the wrong way on a one-way street</span></blockquote><blockquote><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: inherit;">Ride at night without lights (front &amp; back)</span></blockquote>While the bold print was aimed at cyclists (signs affixed to racks), all transit modes are forewarned. Drivers and pedestrians are likewise cautioned or will be ticketed.<br /><br />I have mixed feelings regarding crackdown on offending cyclists. There are more cyclists than ever cruising Burlington's narrow streets. That's a good sign. More students on bikes equals less drivers and—hopefully—less inebriated young people behind the wheels of dangerous vehicles. This is a positive direction for Burlington, one which is finally helpful in times of increased student attendance at several area colleges.<br /><br />How far reaching are the new transit laws? With few cycling routes in Burlington, I often ride sidewalks, sometimes against the flow on one-way streets. Neither do I stop at every stop sign. I assess each crossing and make a decision based upon traffic flow. As I like to tell my children, "make eye contact. Slow down. When in doubt, stop. Cars are bigger than you are." And, if I forget my light, I ride sidewalks at dusk. Will these practices now risk a fine?<br /><br />I realize laws are for the sake of general population, but at what point do they hinder safe navigation? Or worse, keep folks from even attempting to try two-wheeled transportation.<br /><br />At least they aren't banning cyclists from sidewalks, or instituting helmet laws—<i>yet</i>.<br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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