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Sheriffs stop Tuesday Morning Ride

A motorist snaps a photo of the Tuesday-morning ride taking up the entire lane along Kinney Road.

A motorist snaps a photo of the Tuesday-morning ride taking up the entire lane along Kinney Road earlier this month.

Pima County Sheriffs Deputies stopped the Tuesday Morning Ride this week after seeing the group ride four abreast and cross the center line.

The Pima County Sheriffs department became involved when a motorist sent photos of the riders riding four and five abreast earlier this month.

Here’s an email from Ryan Roher who is the Sheriff’s Department liaison to the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee.

I wanted to give you an update. We did enforcement yesterday on Gates Pass. Deputies observed the group once again riding 5-6 across. Motor Deputies rode by the group and they got the hint and returned to 2 abreast. At McCain and Kinney the group however once again returned to 5-6 Abreast. Deputies stopped the entire group and explained the situation. Apparently we had one dissenter but the rest of the group applied some peer pressure and listened to what the Deputies had to say.  One of the motor’s also saw a couple riders going left of center which is when the entire group was stopped.

Several stops on cars were also made and several citations for various infractions (especially speeding) were given. It did not appear that any cyclists were issued citations during the enforcement period.

Were you on the ride? Is the description accurate?

12 comments
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I'm not sure what to think of this.  Just because there are a lot of cyclists versus a few cars (Suzanne's comment below) isn't going to work so well when it's a few of us and a lot of cars, as is usually the case.  Also, when I am riding my bike on the road I am trying to get somewhere unharmed, and what I want more than anything else is respect from the motorists so they will pass me safely.  I want them to understand that I have a legitimate right to the road, too.

Here, these cyclists are not using the road to get somewhere, they are using it for exercise.  Is that a legitimate use?  Maybe so, and certainly many motorists use the roadways for recreational driving.  However, they aren't slowing down everyone else, like this large pack of cyclists is.

Just because these folks are on bikes doesn't mean they are in the right.  I understand the quandary, but this is a case where I see the point of the motorists behind them.  They are obstructing other traffic so they can recreate on the roadway.  Something about that rubs me the wrong way.

Empire1
Empire1

sunfrog...Move to Idaho if thats how you want to ride.  Bicycles are to obey the laws like cars, "Share the road" ...remember?

sunfrog
sunfrog

I like what 3wheeler said. How do we make it so?

cancinc
cancinc

I'd like to see the sherriff's out at Mt. Lemmon a bit more, as the tack tracks continue. I've heard 2 separate reports this week of people finding tacks placed in the bike lane and not one or two.

Apologies for being off topic

3wheeler
3wheeler

I think the law should be written to allow full lane use when 20 or more riders are together.  If we had that AND the Idaho stop law, we'd be in good shape.

Suzanne
Suzanne

ZZ's comment on this last time was the best: we need to think in terms of numbers of road users (people, not vehicles) in our consideration of road sharing. This also comes to mind when I hear complaints about buses causing traffic congestion downtown. Um, what? So here's a fun experiment: What if each and every rider on that Tuesday morning ride went out in a separate CAR, and drove along that road at 1 mph BELOW the speed limit, keeping safe and consistent following distances from one another. How would the entitled commuters like that behavior? (OK I am guilty of a comment not relevant to the request also, but...)

Gabrielle
Gabrielle

I know you are asking for people who were there. I was not. Sorry. Just wanted to say that if the Sheriff's department did, indeed, also deal with motor vehicles breaking the law well, then they were doing a balanced job that morning.