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In the opinion section of the DailyCamera today a reader is lashing out at cyclist riding on the sidewalk. The problem is bound to happen given so many unaware cyclist, many who's last time on a bike was at age 13 and then they only road on the sidewalks.
Cyclists on sidewalks are pedestrians
I am a cyclist in Boulder, but I am also a driver, and today I almost hit a cyclist who emerged into my path from a hidden sidewalk. The cyclist yelled at me. I would like to point out to cyclists that the Colorado Department of Transportation has the following rule for cyclists riding on the sidewalk
"A person riding or walking a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances." CDOT has the following duty for pedestrians who come to a cross walk, even a cross walk with a "walk" sign: "Before crossing, stop at the curb, edge of the road, or corner before proceeding. Look left-right-left and over your shoulder for turning vehicles. If it's clear, begin crossing."
Please don't assume drivers who are turning are going to see you ride off of the sidewalk onto the crosswalk. Ride on the street, where you are more visible and where you have the same rights of the road as motor vehicles. Be a cyclist, not a pedestrian.
How is this problem solved? Hey Portland readers out there, how does your town deal with this problem?