Should Motorists Really Share The Roads?
Ah, the rites of Spring in the Upper Valley!!
One of those rites is the return of bicyclists to the highways and byways of the Upper Valley. The truth however, is that many of those same biking enthusiast having been riding most of the Winter. Now that Spring is officially here that number will increase ten fold. (Maybe more)
There has been an ongoing conflict between bikers and motorists for some time now with a lot of misinformation flying about. The Upper Valley Mirror did some research and here are some solid facts thanks to the NHDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. If you wish to fact check what I write below go to www.nh.gov/dot/programs/bikeped/index,htm
The following quote from that site is critical: "It's the law! Bicycles are vehicles!! New Hampshire law says bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles! (RSA 265:143) Bicyclists MUST STOP AT STOP SIGNS AND RED LIGHTS, YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS AND RIDE WITH TRAFFIC. D0 NOT OPERATE ON SIDEWALKS.
Basically the DOT laws state that bikes and motorist are equal when it comes to sharing the road. So here is my burning question: SHOULD BICYCLISTS ME MADE TO REGISTER THEIR BIKES JUST THE SAME WAY MOTORISTS DO? Think about that for a moment. Share the road, share the expense of maintaining those roads? Also should bikers have to take a written test and have their bikes inspected as part of the registration. That would generate some needed revenue for highway repairs.
Daily trips through the Upper Valley will yield constant violations by both bikers and motorists. I say put them on an equal basis and enforce the laws. Who is with me?