Bicyclists subject to Rules of the Road

Published 10/01 2012 04:50PM

Updated 10/02 2012 10:24AM

CAMPUS -- Police are cracking down on bicyclists who don't follow the rules. If those cyclists are caught, they can expect a ticket. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw finds out it's all to make things safer.

UI Police say more people are riding their bikes, which means more people are breaking the rules of the road. Authorities hope this effort will cut down on some of that. On campus, it doesn't take long to spot a biker who likes to cut across traffic.

"Some people are just crazy."

Or, not use the bike lane.

"They just don't look where they're going. They just cut people off."

Or, ride the opposite direction on a one-way street. But, starting now, if you don't follow traffic laws, you could end up like Cory Buttry.

"I got a ticket for riding my bike through a stop sign."

UI Police hope the tickets will make cyclists more mindful when they're on the road.

"I suppose it would help a little bit. Some people don't care at all, but I think it would make it a little safer."

But not everyone thinks so.

"They're riding their bikes. They're just going to do what they want. People still speed now."

Some people think many don't follow the rules when it comes to biking.

"I didn't know it was against the law to go on a one-way street the opposite way."

That's why some say tickets won't do the trick.

"I think it stigmatizes bicycling and really keeps people off the bike than teaches them how to be safe."

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