Stupid State Laws

Stupid Country Laws

It is illegal to ride bicycles on interstate highways.

Sec. 39-13. Pedestrians, bicycles, etc., prohibited on certain interstate highways. It shall be unlawful and an offense against the city for pedestrians to be upon, or for any person to operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized vehicle or a motor driven cycle of less than ten (10) horsepower, on any part of Interstate Highway 10 and Interstate Highway 65, including the entrance roads thereto, at any place within the city and its police jurisdiction. (Code 1965, § 41-26.1)

  • cminus

    This actually isn’t a stupid law, it’s a reasonable law that sounds stupid without the context.

    The context: federal law (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/interstate/faq.htm#question15) allows bicycles to ride on the shoulders of interstate highways, but also allows state and local governments to limit or prohibit the practice. The lack of a federal prohibition is the result of request from a few western states, where low traffic levels and a shortage of other roads made it reasonable to allow bicycles to use the shoulder of the interstate. In most places, however, this would be a terrible idea (for obvious reasons), and so it’s prohibited.

  • Reginald

    It’s only “reasonable” if you think the government needs to be your nanny and protect you from yourself.

  • Gerard

    This is an excellent law, not a stupid one. Cyclists riding at 30 mph with 75 mph traffic is stupid. Also the property tax from registration on cars goes to funding the road const./maint. and generally 40% of what you pay at the pump as well. The road would not exist without funds DIRECTLY produced from motor vehicles and their revolving fees. People need to realize that in fact, bikes really DO NOT have as much right to be there as a motor vehicle (as every cyclist tends to argue).

  • David

    Some people do need to be protected from themselves. Or have you forgotten about the idiotic suit against McDonalds when the moron burned themselves with coffee.

    Yes, these laws sometimes seem stupid. And in the case of this particular law it is not only meant to protect the idiot riding their bicycle on an interstate, but it also protects someone who may accidentally hit someone riding a bicycle. If it is illegal then that takes liability away from the car driver.

  • Chad T.

    Frustrated with the local laws and slow modifications to the road systems for bicyclists. I live 8 miles away from my work, perfect distance to ride to and fro, stay in shape, and save fuel costs. 8 miles by highway that is. Using side roads/sidewalks is about 16 miles – a bit too much dor a daily ride, not to mention the wear from bumps, potholes, curbs, etc.

    Let me make my own choices of what is too dangerous. Let me way my own risks and accept the consequences as such. There is risk in everything we do, don’t need a politician or lobbyists telling me whats good for me! Change the stupid law.

  • Chris K.

    I agree with Chad T. Let me make my own decision what is safe or not safe. Along the same lines…what is considered more unsafe? owning a loaded weapon or riding a bike on the interstate shoulder? Owning a loaded weapon is legal (only because the constitution permits it specifically as a defined right). Riding a bike on an interstate shoulder is not legal. Laws don’t have to make sense to be made or enforced, they only need to be approved.

  • Weapon

    Owning a loading weapon is statistically much safer than operating ANY vehicle.
    Fact; backed up by US DOJ statistics.

    People tend to be more careful and pay attention more to safety with firearms.
    People text while they eat cheeseburgers, watch movies, do their hair and make-up, read, and listen to music while they operate 4,000 pound speeding death machines.
    I love my cars and my firearms, but I treat them both with the respect they deserve.

  • Weapon

    And yes, I’m sick of the onslaught of laws.
    California passes 700-800 new laws each session….come on, do you really think there are 700-800 new things every year that need to be regulated/outlawed/criminalized.
    That and the insane taxes.

    Nanny state indeed.

  • T. Whittlinger

    To all you bicycle riders whining about such laws and complaining that their ‘freedoms’ are being infringed upon – what about those of us who are DRIVING on the Interstate which what they were created for and have to watch out for you wobbling around the road? Don’t we have any rights to not have to worry about you slow riding along? Also, you don’t even have to have a damn license nor pay any road taxes. Poor babies!

  • lrg

    That seems like a good point until you really think about the reality of it. Interstates have wide shoulders to ride on, keeping cyclists out of the way, not like the smaller side roads. Also, fuel taxes do not cover the total expenses of the roads, meaning other taxes have to kick in some too. Since that is the case, a bike lane should be implemented with every newly constructed side road (and added when improving them), that would be more fair to bikers and motorists.