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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:56 pm

September came to a tragic close with one bicyclist and three pedestrians hit and killed by motorists on our Montana roadways.  

These are very sad events and should make each one of us stop and ask, “Why are these happening? What can we do to keep this from happening?”

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          2 comments:

          • turd ferguson posted at 8:58 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

            turd ferguson Posts: 497

            Panda, you ask, "Do the drviers' go into the ditch to avoid hitting the bicycle?" No, of course not. The driver of the car with the bicyclist in the same lane would apply their brakes. Same as you would do for a pedestrian walking on one of the many roads that lacks a sidewalk or decent shoulder. You probably need to brush up on your Montana Driver's Manual. Bicycles are legal vehicles in Montana and cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Like it or not, that is the law. Take a breath, slow down, and pass them when legal and safe to do so.

             
          • Panda posted at 3:21 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

            Panda Posts: 1

            There are a lot of roads around here that do not have enough room for bicycle riders to safely ride on them, and traffic is too fast for them to ride with traffic. Consider the situation of two cars on that highway going opposite directions who happen to pass where the bicycle rider is on the road. Do the drviers' go into the ditch to avoid hitting the bicycle? The bicyclist should not ride on roads that are inappropriate for bicycles. This is dangerous for everyone- not just the bicyclist. Bicyclists have the responsibility of only riding on roads that can safely accommodate them. I do not drive in bicycle lanes- they should stay off my road. I for one am sick and tired of being stuck behind a bicyclist for miles because there is no safe place to get around and they are going much slower than I am in the middle of MY lane. The people riding their bikes who get hurt or scared by vehicles need to realize they are responsible for that happening if they choose to ride on a road not meant for bicycle traffic. Parents need to accept this and, for the safety of everyone, teach their children to only ride bicycles where it is appropriate to do so!