It happens to me everyday. I’m driving down the road and suddenly there is a bicyclist in front of me. There is traffic on the road so I am stuck behind him for several minutes. It’s very frustrating, because they move so much slower.
But if you think of it, by law they have every right to be on the road. And the bike rider is not only getting himself in shape but also helping out the environment by not burning gasoline and leaving a big carbon footprint.
Some roads here in Missouri have been widened to accommodate bicycles. And then there are the bicycle trails in the parks. I think that the bicyclists should use them whenever possible. But some bike riders ride their bikes to work. My doctor is one of them. He rides his bike to work except when the weather is really bad.
Bike riders should ride with the automobile traffic and they are supposed to obey all of the same traffic laws as the motorists. That means stopping at red lights and signaling before they make a turn.
According to the St. Louis Front Page News: “The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) has unveiled the design for new specialty “Share the Road” license plates. The new plates make Illinois the 13th state to offer permanent, year-round “Share the Road” license plates”
The plates have a rider that is white against a blue background, a yellow traffic sign that says share the road and it also has a picture of a car and a biker riding together. The plate also says “same rights, same rules.”
The plates are made to remind drivers that bike riders have the same rights to be on the road as they do as long as they obey the rules. The design of the plates are exclusive to Illinois. They were designed by a Collinsville student who won a design contest back in September.
The Metro East Parks and Recreation District is also involved with the project. They are busy developing bike trails and trail facilities for bicycle riders.
Illinois motorists will be able to obtain the new “share the road” plates at no additional charge, but if they want to get vanity plates or have them personalized, they will have to pay an additional charge.
To place an order just go to www.bikelib.org and click on “share the road. Production of the colorful new license plates will begin after 1500 orders have been placed.