It is that time again: Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic weekend. That means bicyclists will once again overflow the roads, ignoring traffic signals, clogging up intersections, riding multiple bicycles abreast so that cars (whose owners pay for the upkeep of the roads with their taxes) have to go slow and be put at risk because of the cyclists’ selfish behavior.
A couple of STPs ago, I had my daughter and young grandson in my car, and we were heading down one of the rural roads that was overflowing with the STP riders. There were four abreast to our right and all of a sudden, one of the riders close to the edge of the pavement swerved into his or her riding buddies. Then, like dominos, they bounced into each one to their left.
The result was a female face-planting onto the pavement (in the middle of our lane), and her head was almost run over by the vehicle pulling a trailer in front of us. I was doing my best to drive safely, so I had just enough time to swerve into the oncoming lane (thank God no cars were there) to avoid running her over.
Riders who plan to participate: Please, for once, obey the road rules. If you can’t, don’t participate.