So I was wandering around the Internets tonite and I stumbled across something regarding some "concerned" citizens in Iowa trying to petition legislature there to BAN CYCLISTS FROM USING FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS. It struck me as odd that people would gather themselves to actually push for something like this. Either way they've set themselves up with a website and are inviting Iowa residents to sign their petition. You can see everything related to their efforts here (including the names of the people who have signed so far, even the ones that wish to be left anonymous....cowards).
Here's a sample from from the petition list. (I put my favorite lines in italics):
5:10 am PDT, Jul 28, Name not displayed, Iowa
"Farm to Market roadways are no place for bicycles. Bicycles slower speeds and visibility makes them inherently dangerous for bicyclists and motor vehicles alike - this should be so obvious. Farm machinery is also slow and a dangerous mix with other motor vehicles (although much more visible), and for that reason, I would prefer that they too be banned from these roads; BUT the difference between the two are obvious - the use of farm machinery is commerce not recreation. I have a family with young children that depend on my welfare. My wife and I have determined that operating even a motorcycle is not safe behavior for someone in my position, let alone a slower moving bicycle! While I am generally a defender of personal rights, this may be one case where the law needs to be changed to protect people AND THEIR FAMILIES from wreckless behavior, not to mention we motorists. Bicyclists - quit worrying about your precious rights (better said PRIVILEDGES), and start thinking about your responsibilities!"
Jul 25, 2009, Anonymous, Iowa
"Because bikers think that they need the same privledeges and rights and cars and they can't maintain near the same speed as a car. Plus it gets annoying hearing about bikers complaining about "speeding" cars or getting hit when they are riding on a road with blind curves and steep hills. The state has plenty of bike trails or other recreational areas for the bikers. Roads are for cars."
Jul 25, 2009, Anonymous, Iowa
"It is unfortunate that a bike cannot compete with a car/truck/etc. in an exchange of inertia, but that's the way it is. The laws of physics cannot be changed. A vehicle's driver is then the one left holding the bag. A bike that does not yield, and that is usually the case, never seems to get the blame. Unfair. I would like to walk along the interstates."
Jul 25, 2009, Rich Smith, Iowa
"They are a hazard to themselves and others, also when they get hit the driver of the vehicle is automaticly at fault. I too have encountered them riding three abreast and totaly ignoreing the cars. If They want to ride on the highways require them to spend a couple hundred up to six or eight hundred dollars for registration plates like I do for my car. Also I believe proof of insurance like we do would be in order."
# 51: (my personal favorite)
Jul 25, 2009, Pat Mcnamara, Iowa
"there is alot of money spent on farm to market road. Licence the bickiclist. Like the rest of of. I go to work as early as 5:30 and have to look out for the bikes. In the middle of the road."
Jul 15, 2009, Leroy Wolfe, Iowa
"Until bycyclists are forceed to obey all vehicle traffic laws the same as cars, I oppose them riding on roads period."