"Cyclists are set to hold a rally at St. Louis City Hall about bike safety at 9 a.m. Monday morning. The group of cyclists from Missouri and Illinois are passing out bumper stickers that read “I slow for cyclists.” They also plan on making bike safety and road sharing pamphlets to get out their message."
The impetus for this rally is last week's altercation between a cyclist and the mayor of Sunset Hills. Whoever turns out to be the guilty party in this dispute, certainly it is good to get the word out on bike and traffic safety. I don't ever remember studying for an Illinois or Missouri rules of the road test and seing a section on bike rules. There should be.
Vehicle drivers sharing the road with the increasing number of cyclists are often confused by actions taken by cyclists and cyclists don't know what a car will do. So there should be clear cut rules that are known by everyone.
I will say, there seems to be fewer issues with cyclists in the Metro East, maybe because of the fantastic Madison County Transit (MCT) trails which were constructed from former railroad right of ways and allow trailgoers to run, bike, rollerblade or jog seamlessly from one trail to another without seeing the same scenery twice. Seven loops of varying distances (10 miles, 15.3 miles, 17.6 miles, 22.9 miles, 25.7 miles, 26.1 miles, 31.1. miles).
In the St. Louis area, bike lanes disappear out of the blue on public streets and the question then is, What now"? asked by cars and cyclists. So we need rules.
The rules we do have require cyclists to stop at stop signs and my experience is that this rule is broken way too much.
I'm all for safety, so lets get some clear cut rules of the road that we are all required to learn and follow.