Illustration by Faith Wicks
Don't lose sight of the fact that this case is about the fundamental right to use the public road. The presence or absence of a shoulder, the speed limit, or an alternative route is irrelevant. Whether any of us would feel confident or comfortable in a similar situation is irrelevant. The central problem we face is whether the police can use the impeding law to force cyclists off the roadways...-- Ed Wagner, LCI and Tulsa Examiner columnist
Any cyclist who thinks this is right, who thinks this is a lawful expression of police authority, is invited to take their place in the back of the bus.
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Oh, and if you get a fund-raising email or snail-mail from any bicycle advocacy organization that promises to protect cyclists' rights, but only mentions trails and bikes lanes with no mention of Reed Bates, or cases like his in other states... ignore it until they do.