How does the new traction law apply to bikes?

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  1. GetBackOn

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    I don't think bikes are an issue when its snowing and icey on the roads. So probably doesn't apply at all. Now on the Elephant Ride,,,,,:muutt,,,,,well,,,,,,just don't tell them.:lol2
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    And thats where you would be wrong.

    Not me but I't seems to happen to me all the time. :D
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    I guess I started young in the snow. (actual pic of me sometime around 1989)

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    But I thought the law read it doesn't matter if it's snowing or not.
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    This was earlier this year in Minneapolis in a blizzard. There are some whom it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing.
    I would guess one would need snow rated tires.
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    I just use crate straps and some small pieces of chain. It works pretty well if you let air out of the tire first, strap it down, then air it back up.
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    Some are just more dedicated than me. I've ridden in the snow, but it was poor planning on my part. But hey, its an ADVenture,,,,RIDE ON.:clap
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    We Don't Need No Stinking Traction Laws...

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    Its somewhat self enforcing. If you are blocking traffic or they have to pull you out of the ditch and you have bad tires you will have violated the law. If you aren't in the ditch maybe they won't see your tires.
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    Thx Captain Obvious!
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    I would think having chains or snow tires would probably satisfy a LEO or judge. Practically it's going to be hard to get up I70 in snow on a bike without studded tires I think. I've done a lot of snow riding, its rather difficult.

    Also as I understand it, the traction law is only applicable when "in effect" which is determined by CDOT and gets posted on the big signs. Generally it's only in effect when there's a material amount of snow on the road. It's not like you've got to have chains on or winter tires on a warm sunny day.
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    Official response from CDOT...

    Thank you for contacting the Colorado Department of Transportation.

    The chain/traction law currently does not apply to those on motorcycles.

    Have a nice day.

    Laura Atencio
    Customer Service Representative


    P 303.757.9011 | F 303.757.9153
    2829 West Howard Place
    Denver, CO 80204
    www.codot.gov
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