Montana Code is thousands of pages because even
constitutionalists demand regulation when their ox
For example, LC2196.01 is a bill draft
prohibiting bicycles and pedestrians from traveling
the 7600 miles of state highways lacking a paved
This safety proposal demonstrates “liberty
for me, but not for thee” syndrome as revealed in
recent social media banter.
Tim is a constitution supporter who testifies
so regularly at the capitol they might name a closet
or bathroom after him.
Unfortunately, he supported this bill draft
due to safety concerns for bicyclists encountering
his logging truck.
I shined the light of liberty on his logic
and this prompted Clay to rally behind Tim and cite
similar encounters between his livestock trailers
He too is missing the point, so let me put a
face on the issue.
It was a sunny, September morning and the trophy
wife and I were on an intense 30-mile training ride
on our tandem bicycle.
We were cranking hard on Buffalo Trail Road
and with my nose wheel centered on the shoulder’s
white line, I alternated glances between my
rear-view mirror and the road ahead.
Traffic was rare.
Suddenly, a pick-up blasted past us from
behind, missing my left elbow by inches.
With a dotted centerline, no approaching
traffic and visibility of a 100 miles, the driver
held his lane to purposely put us in the ditch.
Bless his heart.
Jesus teaches us to turn the other cheek, but He
also flipped the tables of the moneychangers—twice.
Because someone had just tried to kill me, I
was more of a table flipper than a cheek turner, so
I fired the universal “pull-over finger” at the
Evidently, he was a better Christian than me and
before we reached him, he turned the other cheek and
zoomed out of sight.
End of story one.
The next summer, I was in the Beartooth Run climbing
up the winding Beartooth Highway.
The road is open to traffic during the race
and competitors are instructed to run on the extreme
right shoulder of the road.
Every run has one idiot and ours was running
on the centerline and he was backing up dozens of
Wearing ear-buds, he was oblivious to everyone’s
reality but his and a loving car bumper boosting his
backside to the shoulder would have served helpful.
This ends story two and brings me to my
Traffic confrontations between cyclists,
pedestrians and motorists are reduced if everyone is
courteous of others.
There are jerks at both ends and always will
Empowering government to take freedom or rights from
a minority to satisfy the whims of the majority is
wrong and precisely why America is not a democracy.