It's one of the most commented-on articles ever on our website. Those who have a passion for pedaling say motorists don't give bicyclists enough respect and don't honor bikers' legal right of way on Michigan roads.
Those who prefer pistons under their hood instead of pedals under their feet say bicyclists are an arrogant bunch who flaunt their rights while ignoring many rules of the road.
Michigan law states that bicyclists are legal vehicles and must be treated like any other vehicle on the road. Laws also state that motor vehicles have to yield to slower-moving traffic.
That means when you come upon a line of bicyclists cruising down Lakeshore Drive south of Grand Haven, you're required to slow down and wait for a safe opportunity before passing those bikers, even though they're traveling at half your speed.
But remember, it's a two-way street.
If bicyclists want the same rights as drivers, then they should be expected to follow the same laws as those behind the wheel. This means abiding by all road signs, including coming to a halt at stop signs instead of blowing through intersections when the coast is clear.
Biking is a fantastic sport, helping improve your overall health while saving on gas that is approaching $4 a gallon.
But when you take to the road on your 10-speed or mountain bike, remember: There is a great responsibility that comes with sharing the road with vehicles that weigh an average of about 4,000 pounds.
Bikers should always wear proper head protection. When riding in the early morning or late at night, they should wear reflective clothing, and have lights mounted to both the front and rear of their bikes. And if they expect to be treated like anyone else on the road, then bikers need to honor all laws that pertain to motor vehicles.
There's no reason bikers and drivers can't share the road in peace. Like Rodney King said, "Can't we all just get along?"