Volunteer for the Amgen Tour Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:55 am
Cycling fans have the unique opportunity to experience America's most prestigious professional cycling stage race May 12-19. Race organizers are recruiting nearly 5,000 volunteers to help along the 750-mile course between Escondido and Santa Rosa. Volunteer registration is open at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. After completing the online form, potential volunteers will be contacted by their local organizing committee.
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Posted by William, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:55 am
Wow, can't wait to run out to volunteer to assist those that ride 5 abreast on our local roads, regularly run red lights and have a sense of entitlement as wide as a box car. The "tighties" as we call them feel that none of the rules of the road apply to them and even had the county put up signs that read, "Share the Road" for car drivers to see. This doesn't apply to them of course as they are special and above the law.
Posted by cardinal, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 7:37 am
Doesn't Amgen make one of the drugs abused in blood doping? Isn't this like a steroid-maker sponsoring pro wrasslin' or the NFL, or maybe Pollos Hermanos underwriting a monster truck rally, if you know what I mean and I think that you do?
Posted by Doug, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 8:45 am
William, as a tightie, I appreciate your frustration with those riders who commit the infractions you describe. I'd be careful however to use such a wide brush. If so then I can assume that every Danville driver is threat to my safety as they roll through stop signs, accelrate to beat red lights (usually failing) and regularly drive over the SOLID white line that guards the bike lane because they are distracted or texting. I obey the rules of the road. It's to bad drivers don't feel an obligation to do the same.
Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:38 am
As a cyclist AND a driver (interestingly, almost all cyclists also drive cars...), I have seen and experienced both sides of the issue. I agree that it is frustrating to drivers when some cyclists seemingly are trying to "make a point" by riding several riders abreast on the main road, when there is room in a bike lane for one or two.
On the other hand, there are times when cyclists need to move out of the bike lane and into a regular lane, whether it is for purposes of a left turn, or perhaps just the lack of a real bike lane. (And sometimes there is a lot of broken glass and other debris in the bike lane, that isn't really visible from a car.)
It IS true that some/many cyclists don't usually come to a full-stop at stop signs, just because it is a pain to have to unclip from the pedals (this is more or less the same for motorcyclists, who generally prefer to do a slightly-rolling stop so they don't have to put their feet down).
At the same time, even though I do my best to stick to bike lanes where available, and to not get in the way of car traffic, I've been honked at for no reason many times (and when a car is right next to you, or right behind you, it can be pretty startling), and even had stuff thrown at me from moving cars on occasion (like empty or partly-filled water bottles, soda cups, etc.). So I think it behooves all of us to 1) be considerate, and 2) be patient with those who aren't necessarily being as considerate as they should be.
In any case, none of the above has much to do with the Tour of California, other than the fact that the race route will be closed to traffic for a while (in sort of a rolling closure, as the riders follow the route). I appreciate Amgen's sponsorship of the ToC. It's a pretty cool event. Even if you want to steer clear of the route for the one day that it passes through our area, it is interesting to watch on TV - the scenery is great!
Posted by Debbie, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm
Dear C.R. Mudgeon,
Thank you for your thoughtful comments. My husband and I also try to be considerate cyclists and feel the same way you do. There are considerate and inconsiderate people everywhere. It pays to be a defensive cyclist for sure! We are very much looking forward to the Tour of California again.