Our recent editorial increasing community awareness about Michigan’s new law requiring 3-feet of room when passing bicyclists on the road, sparked a computer load of strong emotions on both sides!
Debbie Brown Donaldson wrote:
“This is soooo stupid! We need to slow down to practically nothing for a NON-motorized vehicle that isnt registered or licensed. Who the (fill in the blank) makes these rules?”
Krystal Norris sent us this comment:
”So, when you don’t have 3-feet, then what?"
This Channel 7 viewer wrote:
“My son at the age of…12, was warned by a city cop, not to ride his bike on sidewalks. Next time he would be issued a ticket! Wow, really?
- Deborah Chwalek
And this viewer replied:
“(Are) you saying, ‘Use the sidewalk?’ I’m (going to) let you argue with all the people that say, ‘Get off the sidewalk!!!’”
- Jeremy Rc Tuttle
To which Jason Allen Burkey added:
“It’s unsafe to use sidewalks as a bike rider. You can tell those who have never been on a road bike or a mountain bike!"
Julian J Broggio wrote:
“I can’t believe how many people are angry about this."
Shaun Jordan asked:
“How is this so complicated? Just like when a slower vehicle is in front of you, wait until there is no oncoming traffic and pass them.”
Another TV-7 watcher commented:
“Everybody that is up in arms about 3-feet. Honestly?"
- Millie BattagliaKomisarz
Nate Greenhoe said:
“Safer laws, mutual respect, more bike lanes, and bike paths are the answer!”
And there was this Dr. Seuss-like final comment:
“Until they make major changes to texting and driving we are all at high risk, in a car, on bike, or on foot. I will not eat green eggs and ham, I will not eat them Sam I am.”
- Joseph Whelan
Bottom line, remember, it’s now a Michigan law!
Thanks for writing. I’m Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director
Broadcast: October 26 - 28, 2018