Pima County Deputy Ryan Roher shared the the following email and photos, which were sent to the Sheriff’s office by a motorist who encountered the Tuesday Morning Ride recently.
The following photos were taken on Kinney Rd heading toward Old Tucson Studios. As you can see in the following photos, the bicyclists have taken the whole width of the right hand lane making it impossible to pass. This is an accident just waiting to happen. Per the A.R.S. 28-815 the bike club members should be riding two by two and not five by five or more.
This is an ongoing problem particularly on Tuesday mornings. I am asking if the Pima County Sheriff Department can take action to put a damper on this type of inappropriate bicycle riding which is against the rules of the road.
I know I am not the first person to request your department’s help in resolving this car vs. bicycle sharing of the public roads.
Appreciate any assistance you can do in helping to resolve this road sharing issue.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I hope you can help me in getting the word about this situation/issue and that the ride will comply with the rules of the road.
Deputy Roher said that he wasn’t entirely sure what the Sheriff’s department response would be. He thought they would give the ride a week or two to police themselves before doing any sort of enforcement.
The argument has been made that a large group like the Tuesday ride are actually making it easier for motorists by bunching up in a pack so that motorists can get by the pack quicker.
Roher said unfortunately the law is clear that cyclists can ride two abreast and allows for a third cyclist to pass the other two and they Sheriff’s office is responsible for enforcing the laws.
He suggested that cyclists be aware of motorists who are behind the group and work to help them get by.
Here are a few more photos from the ride: