Prerequisites For Enforcing Traffic Laws

We all know that as cyclists, we should always follow the traffic laws. But there are many cases when this is hard or impossible to do so. For example, in many places there is a magic sensor that easily detects cars, but it’s a black art to make them work with a bicycle–when they detect bikes at all.

Thus, _before_ we ticket another cyclists and slander her good name with scofflaw, it only makes sense that the framework for her to practically follow the laws is in place.

Here’s my plan:

1. All lights are timed. No more sensors. Now cyclists can wait knowing that eventually they will get the light. Activating sensors is too hard and often requires us to go to places in the lane we don’t want to be in. So let us stay in our “bike lane” and out of the way.

2. Tickets should hurt and should thus be proportional. To make things easier to get a “fair” amount for a ticket: traffic fines are increased to the list cost of resale value of the vehicle that broke them. After all people drive expensive vehicles to show how wealthy they are. It makes sense that they should be treated as wealthy as they present themselves. šŸ™‚

3. In streets where there are two or more lanes, instead of useless “Use full lane” twaddle, we actually enforce a speed limit of fifteen miles per hour in the left lane, only. This is now the “bike lane”, shared lane, or whatever else we want to call it. Fines for speeding are priced at point two above.

No education is needed just lots of enforcement which will now pay for itself. No lines or signs are needed, just a few media announcements.

With these simple changes, cycling without breaking the laws will actually be possible for the first time.

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2 Responses to “Prerequisites For Enforcing Traffic Laws”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Hmm, I can’t think of any traffic light anywhere within ten miles of my house that I have any trouble triggering with my bike. On my old commute, I even had to trigger things for motorcyclists on occasion. Come to Texas and I’ll teach you the “secret handshake.” It’s good stuff to know between now and the time all lights are timed.

    Or wait until the end of next week and I’ll redo my blog labels so you can simply search “traffic light.” I’ve been needing to tweak the labels anyway…

  2. Fred Says:

    I’d love to meet you and learn your handshake.

    However, I don’t expect others to want to learn all this stuff.

    I don’t think it’s fair to expect people to have to have a secret decoder ring for one mode while they are catered to in another mode.

    This is unfair.

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