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post #1 of 19 Old 03-23-2010, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody know what the bicycle law is in Colorado. I had a guy run into the front of my jeep today. I was pulling out of checkers auto parts store heading south to Ouray and he was heading north to Grand Junction . I was doing at the most 3mph and this guy tries to swerve around the front of my jeep on his bicycle at the last second before i pull out. His tire gets stuck in between my tire and bumper ( think ) and he crashed to the ground. Lucky he only suffered from a minor ankle injury and police told me nothing was broken. I was issued a citation. I know i looked that direction but didnt see him. HE was wearing a black puffy coat and black jeans riding a black bicycle if any of that helps. Thought bicyclist had to follow same traffic laws as autos. What a horrible and to a rainy day.
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Only law I know is you have to have a bicycle to live in CO.

That sucks for both of you. probably your fault as you were pulling out into traffic. Hopefully he's cool about it since if you didn't see him he probably didn't see you,he could of stopped or missed you if he did see you.

most states the bikes have same rules as cars but as a cyclist i've noticed that the cars don't seem to notice any pain when you hit them at excessive rates of speed so i opt for evasive manuvers.

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yeah it sucks i think he had plenty enough time to stop., but chose to try and go around me.
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If you were pulling out across his path he had the right of way

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I'm not sure of the laws in Colorado, but in Michigan a pedestrian ALWAYS has the right of way and a bicycle is considered to be a pedestrian. It sounds like it's probably the same and thus why you got a citation. Yeah....sucks because it sounds like it was probably some moron on the bike.
So, if bicyclists are considered pedestrians, do they ride against traffic or with traffic?

That sounds fishy to me. I've always heard that cycles followed the same rules/laws as autos and rode with the flow of traffic and obeyed signs just as an auto would.


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Bicycles should....

*Ride on right side of road.
*Never ride against traffic.
*Use right lane except when passing vehicles, preparing for left hand turn, or avoiding hazards.
*Ride on on paved shoulders and bike lanes when present.
*Use hand signals to indicate slowing, turning, or stopping.
*Ride single file.
*Obey traffic laws, signs, and signals.
*Never assume that motorists can see you or that you have the right of way.
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Pedestrians always have the right of way.
And in Ann Arbor they know it and will test your brakes on a regular basis.
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i thought he was in the wrong. I was sitting still for about 15seconds stopped at the entrance to checkers waiting for traffic to clear and as i cpretty much coasted down the slope of the sidewalk i saw a flash and stopped rihgt there. I sware i was doing about 3 mph
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I would of kicked his ass for hitting my jeep. I've had that happen to me a few times in NY.... stupid kids hitting your car on purpose... gotta teach em a lesson.

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i think its bullshit that i am to blame for a careless bicyclist. Just happy he wasnt hert really bad just a sprain ( i hope ). Not sure i understand why the guy tried to pass the front of my jeep heading the wrong way down a road. Good old monrose had 3-4 police officers there and 2 ambulances. I was first told a the scene that i wasnt at fault then about an hour later the offecer shows up to my door with a citation saying, i failed to yeild right of way to a ped when emerging from a driveway or allyway
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having just been hit by a car on my bicycle in almost the exact same situation. talked to a lawyer, and it was the motorist fault.

i was already in front of the vehicle and she was looking to the left to merge into traffic and did not notice me already in front of her. she gunned it and caught my front wheel and fork. it flipped me onto her hood and windshield.

i didnt want to take legal action but it tweaked my fork and front rim so bad that i could not ride it. ended up being around $800. the driver wrote a check for the local bike shop for repairs.

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Make sure you get a bike sticker for the bumper. 4 more and you're an ace.
Bikers are terrible here in Deer Creek Canyon. Ride thee abreast and act the fool.

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so what do ya'll think. My citation says if i pay the $90 fine before the court date i could get the 4 points knocked down to 1 or possibly 2. Or should i wait and go to court with this smacktard and try fighting it. Wifes dad is a retired lawyer for the coast guard and said try to pay without admitting to fault if they cant say i wasnt at faullt go to court and fight it.
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Don't fight it...you will lose. It is rather stupid that a bike is considered a pedestrian and yet they can use the road like a real vehicle. I have absolutely no faith in the court system in this country. A buddy of mine was not moving...sitting completely still in his Cherokee when a cyclist ran into him...flat out ran into him. The cyclist sued my friend and won. Why? Because my friend was not in park. He was in drive in a parking lot exit getting ready to go out on the street. He wasn't even over the sidewalk...cyclist turned into the parking lot too fast and slammed into the front of his Cherokee.

And before you ask how the judge knew my friend was in park...the prosecutor asked him in court and my friends reply was. "Of course I was in drive...I was getting ready to enter the road and had my foot on the brake."

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once again with everyone else. just pay the $90. if you go to court with it you will lose.
if you take it to court then you have court cost and probably end up buying the guy a new bike

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I absolutely HATE the cyclists here in Colo. They have the right to use the roads however they feel. (insert sarchastic voicehere) "Oh look at me in my gay ass spandex riding 3 bikes side by side on a 65mph road". We should have free reign to run over these dumb bastards. They want to use the road, but when its not convinient, they choose not to abide by traffic laws. I've seen quite a few of these little pricks get hit, and it has ALWAYS been the bikes fault. I laugh every single time and think to my self "well, maybe that ONE will finally learn a lesson." I have absolutely no sympathy for some bike ass hole running a stop sign, then having to pull his ass out of my tire tread.

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that picture is crazy. My guy just fell over
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