Until cyclists change irksome traffic laws, they must follow them

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Until cyclists change irksome traffic laws, they must follow them
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By Bruce Grimes, Alexandria

My father is a lawyer, and he taught me this: learn the law; follow the law.

If the law does not make sense, change it, but follow the law until it is changed. The law serves you. Protect it, as it protects us all.

The law on cycling along the commonwealth’s streets is simple. If you have not Googled it, here is the link: www.virginiadot.org/programs/bk-laws.asp.

The only problem, for all of us, is that there is no enforcement of the law. The solution for all parties is to adhere to the law — and, perhaps, to seek to change it.

Both bicyclists and motorists need to be arrested for violating the law. But, to reiterate, the problem is that there is no enforcement of the law.

It should be as simple as this: Failure to obey a traffic sign earns you three points. On South Royal Street, those that plan on getting to King Street without stopping would earn 27 points. A bicyclist like that would lose his or her license to drive a car during a three-minute bike ride through town.

I stop for bicyclists and pedestrians. I wish they would do the same for me. My nightmare is taking a 3,000-pound vehicle out on the roads and running over one of my friends by accident.

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