This seems to make sense:
As more riders take to the roads on bicycles, more states are giving them a bigger chunk of pavement — 3 feet to be precise — so they won’t get swiped by cars.
A Colorado law recently signed by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter not only requires motorists to give riders at least a 3-foot-wide berth, it also makes it illegal to throw things at riders, says Dan Grunig, executive director of Bicycle Colorado. Previously, he says, police could only cite a motorist if they actually hit the rider.
“Cyclists need to be treated with respect and not surprise,” Grunig said.
I had to read this twice to make sure I was reading it right. What kind of twisted jackass throws something out of a car at a biker? Even something little moving at the right velocity could be extremely dangerous, let alone causing the biker to wreck and run into oncoming traffic. People are just morons. I’m seriously not sure how we made it this far as a society.
At any rate, this seems like a good thing that needs to be done. Before I got the dog and started going to the rails to trails everyday, I guess I never really noticed how much bike paths and trails added to the daily quality of life for people.