Legions of Bikes Hit Local Roads from "Amgen Tour of California" cycling race
This weekend there is a recreational cycling event on Saturday that starts in Coloma area up to Cool across the divide into Camino area, Placerville, then into the Gold Hill area before finishing back in Coloma. Heads up to drivers in these areas are riders than normal will be out and about. More info at http://www.motherlodecentury.com/
Amgen Tour of California Traffic Information
On Sunday, May 11, 2014 the "Amgen Tour of California" cycling race will be coming through portions of El Dorado County.
Traffic on local roadways, as well as roads in and out of the County may be affected at various times during the race.
For more information, please see http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages/stage-1. A route log including a list of affected roads and estimated race times is available here.
Some Local Comments about the race on open roads:
Dan Martel: Personally I think it is much too dangerous for cyclists to be riding down our roads in this county. A few here and there seems to be fine but when they get in packs like they do, it puts the motorist at risk knowing that if we hit one it will be us at fault. Very dangerous I think.
Rachel Emlay: Completely ridiculous to have them riding green valley. The roads are way too narrow with too many blind corners
Dave Pratt: This is a scale and scope type of impact and it is dangerous in spots. A few hundred riders past a particular point over 3 or 4 hours is different than 1000 riders or say 2 or 3 hours. The time for an updated road event ordinance is long overdue in order to set some safety, notification and impact standards. Safety for riders and residents is the critical issue.
Richard Goodrich: Saw signs on North Canyon rd yesterday....I know where I wont be driving thanks for posting.
Juliann Bryan: And don't forget - as a motorist, you have to give a minimum of 3' of clearance to the bicyclist now. Which makes getting down our narrow, no shoulder, no passing zone roads more of a hazard for drivers. Can't pass 'em, can't go slow enough to stay behind 'em without getting rear-ended.
J. Wilson wrote: Sunday on my way to church on Latrobe rd there was about 100 cyclists and when I got cell phone service again I was behind 3 bikes. I could not pass them without going over the double yellow and and giving them their 3 feet clearance. I called CHP and I asked the dispatcher what shall I do. They will not yield the right of way as they could not get over any further. I was instructed to Pass over the double yellow at a SAFE AND SLOW speed. CHP told me to break the law. Later I looked at the CHP log and the officer assigned to the call told dispatch that there is a bike race in the area and drivers are just going to need to share.