How do cyclists get along with laws outside of the US?
March 14, 2011 9:05 PM Subscribe
I recently found myself in the midst of some bike politics in NYC, and one of the adjunct arguments of the anti-bike crew goes something like "people on bikes are assholes who never follow laws." What's the relationship between cyclists and road laws in countries that aren't the US (or bike-ly-unusual parts of the US)?
posted by soma lkzx to sports, hobbies, & recreation (37 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In NYC, it's pretty much a given that cyclists will (illegally) go through red lights, have a tendency to go down one-way streets the wrong way, ride on the sidewalks, and just generally not go along with the legal end of things. Before it was pretty laissez faire, but recently police have started to be pretty aggressive with enforcement.
I'm curious what 'bike culture' might exist in other places, and whether cyclists are at odds with the laws in the same way? Maybe in some places bike laws aren't so cut-and-pasted from vehicle laws, so you can go through a red light or some such, or maybe the rules are all the same but cyclists just follow them. Are we such law-bucking cowboys the world over?