Cyclists are held to the same safety standards as automobile drivers in the states I have lived in, Iowa, California and New Jersey. This includes requirements to obey traffic signs, traffic lights, yielding right-of-way, and even being citable for moving violations such as DUI (for bicycling while intoxicated which results in the automobile operating license being suspended / revoked even if the cyclist isn't operating an automobile. On top of this, we pay taxes (for the driver who states we should have to pay our share of the cost of roads, which we do) and we are legally required to carry a photo ID and pull over if law enforcement orders us to do so. Yes, cyclists are held to the same operating standards as automobile drivers. The only significant difference here is that if I hit a car while riding at 20 mph (pretty fast pace for a bike) on my bike I scratch its paint. If the car hits me and its going 20 mph (pretty slow pace for a car, usually they are at 35 mph and up) I break my arms, collar bones, legs and possibly die. Yet drivers seem very upset about sharing the road...
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