It doesn’t hurt to know the law. . .

Click here to watch this amazing video I personally would like to entitle “The Martyr”. (My hero.)

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you MUST. A man on two wheels makes a [painful] point, after being unjustly ticketed on his bicycle for not using the bike lane in New York City at all times.

"So I got a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, but often there are obstructions that keep your from riding in the bike lane." This New York cyclist intentionally crashes into obstructions to demonstrate that the bike lanes are not always the safest path, after being unjustly ticketed for riding elsewhere.

“I got a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, but often there are obstructions that keep your from riding in the bike lane,” states the New York cyclist just before he intentionally crashes into an obstruction to demonstrate that the bike lanes are not always the safest path, after being unjustly ticketed for riding elsewhere.

Meanwhile in Kansas City, cyclists are doing the happy dance because there’s a lot of new paint out there, and it’s all for them. 

Southwest Boulevard's stretch of path that extends all the way to State Line!

Southwest Boulevard’s stretch of bike path that extends all the way to State Line! August 2013.

So do we have to stay in the path at all times, no matter what? No. Can cars legally park on the bike path? No. What are the laws? Since this is the show-me-state, allow me:

Missouri Bicyclists Law states: “A designated bicycle lane shall not be obstructed by a parked or standing motor vehicle or other stationary object. A motor vehicle may be driven in a designated bicycle lane only for the purpose of a lawful maneuver to cross the lane or to provide for safe travel. In making an otherwise lawful maneuver that requires traveling in or crossing a designated bicycle lane, the driver of a motor vehicle shall yield to any bicycle in the lane. As used in this section, the term ‘designated bicycle lane’ shall mean a portion of the roadway or highway that has been designated by the governing body having jurisdiction over such roadway or highway by striping with signing or striping with pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicycles.”

Also Missouri’s Law for Bicycles states that, “…the road often has hazards like ditches, gutters, sand, gravel shoulders, and so on. Leave space between yourself and these hazards as needed for safety.”

It’s an exciting time to bicycle in Kansas City as there is a lot of momentum in the cycling community and a lot of positive changes occurring. With cycling on the rise, it doesn’t hurt to know the law. Just ask that guy from New York— that hurt.

-Tika-

Me posing in front of an awesome wall advocating for bicycles in Denver, CO. Not an uncommon site in this extremely cycling-friendly city.

Me posing in front of an awesome wall advocating for bicycles (Denver, CO).  And the message isn’t a lie: they LOVE bikes! There are several billboards throughout Denver advocating for cyclists.

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