Yesterday 303Cycling reported on the bad reputation we get when Boulder cyclist ride on sidewalks, now today its on to the group rides. The Daily Camera ran a story today about the sheriff's new cycling liaison group to help reduce tension between cyclist and drivers. 303Cycling had known about this group was unable to publish it yet for various reasons. The story in the paper is lots of interesting quotes and I'm sure within hours the comments will be near a 100. Here are some of the quotes from the story..
"They've also been following large packs of cyclists for several weeks, Pelle said, evaluating what the biggest problems are and how certain groups are giving other riders a bad name."
"We're looking at very specific things that can be done to reduce tensions, whether it's sweeping the streets more frequently or better signage," he said. "We want to do some practical things."
"There's definitely plenty of responsibility on both sides of the debate," Pelle said. "We're going to see if we can't fix some of this."
They've also been following large packs of cyclists for several weeks, Pelle said, evaluating what the biggest problems are and how certain groups are giving other riders a bad name.
"They're really disregarding essentially all the traffic laws," Pelle said of the large rides of 50 or more people. "They're not doing the cycling community any good."
Enforcing traffic laws is extremely difficult when it comes to the large groups, he said.
"You sort of get a mob mentality in all that," he said.