You may encounter cyclists this weekend during the annual Seattle to Portland bike ride. Please be courteous and exercise extra caution while driving. Remember: it's only once a year and these people are doing something amazing! Be nice, take some extra time and imagine what your backside would feel like after riding 200 miles on a bike.
The following press release has been issued by the Washington State Department of Transportation:
OLYMPIA – Pedaling more than 200 miles might sound painful, but those gearing up for the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic this weekend look forward to it all year.
More than 10,000 cyclists, plus their support teams and STP officials, will be spinning on state and local roads July 14 and 15. The Washington State Department of Transportation asks drivers to share the road and prepare for traffic delays along the STP route. WSDOT also reminds STP participants and all bicyclists of their responsibility to follow the rules of the road.
Based on past years, traffic delays are expected:
Early morning Saturday, July 14, on SR 7 in Pierce County
Mid-morning to afternoon on SR 507 in Thurston and Lewis counties
Early Sunday, July 15, on SR 411 Castle Rock to Kelso
All day Sunday near the SR 432 Lewis and Clark Bridge
Drivers can expect nearly 20-minute delays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, as Washington State Patrol and flaggers stop southbound traffic on State Route 432 to allow STP cyclists, escorted by the Goldwing Motorcycle Club, to cross the Lewis and Clark Bridge. On Saturday cyclist will share the bridge with traffic unescorted.
To aid cyclists and drivers, STP organizers and WSDOT will provide traffic control at the following locations:
Saturday, July 14
· SR 507 between SR 7 and Yelm
· SR 507/ Third Street in Yelm
· SR 507/Mossman Street in Yelm
· SR 507/Tenino Trail crossing
Sunday, July 15
· SR 411/Castle Rock area
· SR 411 between Castle Rock and Longview
· SR 411/Lexington area
· SR 432/433 in Longview at the Lewis and Clark Bridge
Hyperlinks within the news release:
Alice Fiman email: firstname.lastname@example.org
STP Route: shop.cascade.org/content/events/stp-route-map
Washington’s Rules of the Road: www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/roadrules.htm