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MS-150 ride report as a non-participant(3 posts)

MS-150 ride report as a non-participantSteve_0
Sep 22, 2003 4:25 AM
Ahh, yes, the MS150. A good concept, for a good cause, in which hundreds of experienced and inexperienced cyclists unite to willingly (experienced) and unwittinly (inexperienced) break the law.

My personal observations:

1. Packs up to 5 abreast, especially when traffic is arear.
2. Running stopsigns and redlights
3. Surrounding Cars at intersections
4. Some maniac on a tandem riding in on-coming traffic (wrong lane) forcing cars off the road to avoid him.
5. littering

Numerous instances of all of the above in the 5 or 6 miles We shared the road. I'd love a tally for the entire 150.

Kudos to all the 'cruiser' and MTB riders

Double Kudos to the lonely roadie I saw on the return trip on Saturday Eve.
re: MS-150 ride report as a non-participantgtscottie
Sep 22, 2003 8:44 AM
They are not all liike that. I have participated in the ride in Calgary for the last 4 years and it is very well organized. The intersections in town all have police stopping traffic and making sure the cyclists get out of town safely and with as little confict to the vehicle traffic as possible. Once you are out on the open road there are numerous volunteers driving the route to remind people to ride single file and follow the rules of the road.

You are right it is a good cause. My theory is that if you don't like the way something is being run then get involved and help fix it. Maybe they just need a little help.
re: MS-150 ride report as a non-participantSteve_0
Sep 22, 2003 8:56 AM
My observation over the years is that the event itself is fairly well organized. Lotsa volunteers and professional assistance.

Of course, regardless of how well organized an event is, it is the ultimately the participants themselves who are painting the external opinion of cyclists.