‘Share the Road’ Debate Heats Up Among Bicyclists, Drivers

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Last week’s run-in between a car driven by the mayor of Sunset Hills and a man on a bicycle has set off a growing debate about sharing the road.

Bicyclists have seized the moment to say that incidents like the one in Sunset Hills happen to them far too often.

But what about motorist complaints that cyclists aren’t always squeaky cleanignoring stop signs and failing to signal sudden turns?

Attorney Michelle Funkenbush, right, speaks during a news conference regarding her client, cyclist Randy Murdick, and an alleged road rage incident involving Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer. (Photo: Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

Attorney Michelle Funkenbush, right, speaks during a news conference regarding her client, cyclist Randy Murdick, and an alleged road rage incident involving Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer. (Photo: Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

Michael Carrasco helped to spearhead the cyclist rally.

“In every group, there’s people who follow the rules and there’s people who don’t,” he says. “It’s never an excuse, though, to put a human life hanging in the balance over something like that.”

As for intersection etiquette, Carrasco points out that current law allows cyclists to “sensibly move through an intersection” on red, if no cars are present.

Michelle Funkenbusch is a cyclist advocate and the lawyer representing Randy Murdick, the man who says he was struck by Mayor Furrer last week.

“200 cyclists that were at the rally all promised to set examples for themselves and for others so we can stop this assumption, this sentiment that all cyclists are law-breakers,” she says.

Funkenbusch is calling for more to be done to protect cyclists on St. Louis streets.

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