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STP: Once again, riders took over the roads

Letter by Jill Milner, Spanaway on July 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm | 21 Comments »
July 21, 2010 9:14 am

We are sure that all the folks who participated in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic had their own brand of fun this past weekend. They were, once again, at least in the Spanaway area, oblivious to the road rules that we are all supposed to abide by.

They were riding multiple riders abreast, didn’t stop at stop signs or lights, wouldn’t yield right of way to vehicles when they should have, etc.

My family and I tried to avoid the road crush heading toward the air expo Saturday by taking state Route 507 (Spanaway-McKenna Highway) towards Roy to go through the east gate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and out the front onto Interstate 5 to head south.

It was around 9 a.m., and there were hordes of bikers. Most were riding single file, but there were still clogs of them taking up more than half of our lane.

As we were poking along with the other vehicles they were impeding, a female rider suddenly caromed off other riders and crashed directly into the path of the rear wheel of the trailer in front of us. She avoided being run over by maybe an inch or so. Luckily, there weren’t any oncoming cars, otherwise I might have hit her.

We are so happy that they enjoyed their trip. One of these years, it would be real nice if the others using the road would be able to enjoy it as much.

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