"Share the Road" letter in Tri-County Journal

Bill Howells of Webster Groves had this letter in Tuesday's Tri-County Journal:
In response to a recent comment expressing anger over the "Share the Road" signs from MoDOT, I refer the caller to the Missouri Vehicle Code 307.188, which states in part, "Every person riding a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon a street or highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle."

People like myself use bicycles for utilitarian purposes such as travel to work and the grocery store. Sidewalks are not designed for use by cyclists, and are in fact more dangerous than riding in the street due to poor line of sight at intersections.

Like people in motor vehicles, we cyclists have places to go as well, and major thoroughfares are the most direct and fast route. Often it only takes 10 seconds to pass a cyclist. We appreciate sharing the road with us.