Missouri legislator calls for giant fluorescent bike flags

  • By Caley Fretz
  • Published Jan. 14, 2016
A Missouri legislator has proposed that all cyclists ride with a 15-foot fluorescent orange flag when on county roads. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Matt Gibson

A Missouri state representative wants cyclists to ride with a 15-foot tall fluorescent orange flag on any “lettered country road,” or rural highway.

Jay Houghton, Republican from the 10th district, proposed House Bill 2046, which would require every bicycle to be “equipped with a flag clearly visible from the rear and suspended not less than fifteen feet above the motorway when the bicycle is standing upright.”

The entire bill is just one paragraph long and does not specify a funding source for the giant bike flags, or describe how the flags would be attached to a bicycle, or designate a flag lowering mechanism so that cyclists don’t get hung up in trees, bridges, power lines, birds, or low-flying aircraft.

Jay Houghton is on Twitter, and, like all politicians, welcomes feedback from the general population.


Caley Fretz

Caley Fretz

Senior Editor Caley Fretz can be found chasing races along the backroads of Europe or testing bikes and gear in the mountains outside Boulder, Colorado. If you can't find him there, check the coffee shop across from VN World Headquarters.

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