Wednesday, July 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Bicycle events and traffic control

By
From page A7 | April 18, 2014 |

EDITOR:

On Saturday, March 29, my wife and I were driving down Marshall Road on our way to the Coloma Club Cafe for our usual Saturday breakfast. As we approached the stop sign at the intersection of Marshall Road and Highway 49, we were forced to quickly slam on the brakes as a horde of bicyclists traveling south on 49 came around the corner.

The riders were moving at a quick clip, did not even slow for the stop sign on their side and were cutting the corner into our lane. I expressed my displeasure and they responded in very rude terms.

We went into the cafe and made a comment to friends about the riders. Two people seated at a table with their friends suddenly jumped up saying,”‘The riders are here…” It turned out they were “traffic control.” As I watched their “traffic control,” it appeared they were more concerned with waving riders through the intersection than controlling motor vehicle traffic.

I later found out the riders were part of a charity event and were on an organized ride. The organizers made several errors:

1. There were no signs on Marshall Road or Highway 49 advising there was a special event with traffic controls ahead. There should have been at least two signs up the road at different distances to warn drivers.
2. The “traffic control” people were apparently more interested in sitting in the cafe drinking coffee with their friends.
3. The “traffic control” people had no obvious training, meaning no clue, on how to do their job.

The simple solution for the organizers is:

1. Get some signs made … simple messages such as “Special Event, Traffic Controls Ahead” would work wonders. They are also generic enough to be used over and over for events.
2. Have traffic control volunteers that are aware of the timing of the event and know where they are to be.
3. Train the volunteers in proper traffic control and have the right equipment, i.e., a stop sign similar to those used by crossing guards … not an orange plastic flag.

Had there been some warning of the event and traffic controls I would have had no problem with slowing or stopping short of the intersection for the event. However, to approach an intersection and suddenly be confronted with streams of bicycles running the stop sign and cutting into my lane and not having any warning at all is unacceptable.

Final comment: I understand and appreciate that bicycle riders are working to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors, however, too many seem to think they are exempt from traffic laws — they are not. (I am referring to the average weekend riders, not the participants in special events with appropriate controls.) Stop signs are for all of us. Too often I see bike riders flying through stop signs while all motor vehicles are stopping. Motor vehicle drivers are constantly reminded to “Share the road,” but bike riders must remember that share the road applies to them, too.

DARRELL CARLSON
Garden Valley

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

EID ditch customers get relief

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1

 
Veterans receive wildland fire training

By News Release | From Page: B1

Market data open for local biz

By Ross Branch | From Page: B1

 
Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Road zone of benefit protester reaches dead end

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Six file for Dist. 2

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
District 2 candidates forum Aug. 14

By News Release | From Page: B1

 
Volunteers clean up national forest

By News Release | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

My turn: Special interests at EID

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Russian metastasis

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

The Democratic-Chronicles: Not invented here

By Gene Altshuler | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

DA hogging Main St. parking

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
CAO and staff hiring friends

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Altshuler’s hypocrisy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Small Farm compromise

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

EID and Dale Coco

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
.

Sports

Roundup: July 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Dolphins ring up another title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Sharks defeat Loomis Basin in season finale

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Celebrity golf at Tahoe

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

By Shane Theodore | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Prospecting

At a glance: Comets to meteors

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Taste the best at the State Fair

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Tractor Supply Store recognized

By Uc Cooperative | From Page: B3

 
Amador Fair honors cowboys

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B3

 
Arbor Day book helps to identify trees

By Arbor Day | From Page: B4

Learn about lavender and its many benefits

By Christian Women's Connection | From Page: B4

 
Lee’s Feed appreciates customers

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

 
My Time meeting in August

By Senior Day | From Page: B5

Builders’ Exchange honors scholars

By El Dorado Builders' Exchange | From Page: B5

 
En garde at Silver Screen Classic

By Auburn Silver Screen | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 8-10

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Walter Vali

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jean Lachelle Taylor

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur J. Funston

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8