It’s winter and the cyclist traffic in Lefthand/James Canyon has waned for now. The Bicycle Safety Bill was passed in the dead of winter last year however, when the state legislature was in session.
I live in the small mountain community of Jamestown, and see nothing “safe” about this bill with regards to negotiating the narrow canyon roads. The cyclists seem to want all the rights of motorists with regards to roads, with none of the responsibilities of licensing or insurance. What is safe about riding two abreast around blind curves? What is safe about riding in the center of the road, instead of as far to the right as possible? None of these activities are safe on narrow mountain roads. Instead, they decrease safety for all and increase the likelihood of an accident. At the very least, if cyclists want all the rights of the road they should be required to be licensed and insured, as is anyone else that enjoys the same privileges.