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STP: Please share the road and obey rules

Well, we’re hearing the rumblings about the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, this coming weekend. People who don’t want to ride a bicycle for umpty miles and elect to use motor vehicles instead usually dread it due to the cyclists not sharing the roads as they are supposed to.

Cyclists in packs block intersections, don’t obey traffic signals, etc. A lot of them ride in clumps, multiple riders abreast instead of in single file, which would be so much safer.

It would be nice if this year things were different and cyclists and motorists all practiced caring road safety including

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STP: Cyclists need to obey rules of the road

Craig Hill’s advice (TNT, 7-11) to those participating in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic this weekend seems to have left out some vital information. Riders need to remember to share the road. Just because they are in a “special” event doesn’t mean they get to ignore the traffic rules that are there to make sure that the cyclists and motorists have equal and safe access to the roads.

Don’t stream across in clumps of a hundred cyclists at a crosswalk. Take your turn when the light says it’s your turn. Don’t ride four and five abreast and expect

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STP: Riders need to obey rules of the road

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

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STP: Once again, riders took over the roads

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

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