Photos: Cyclists Gather for Ride of Silence


Participants ride to site of April accident to sign cards for victim


Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Issue 20, Volume 16.


Photos: Cyclists Gather for Ride of Silence - Paul Gallaher photo. - Cyclists roll up Redhawk Parkway during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Cyclists roll up Redhawk Parkway during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Photos: Cyclists Gather for Ride of Silence - Paul Gallaher photo. - Local cyclists gather at the Temecula Civic Center before the annual Ride of Silence in, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Local cyclists gather at the Temecula Civic Center before the annual Ride of Silence in, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Photos: Cyclists Gather for Ride of Silence - Paul Gallaher photo. - John Hall and others sign a get well card during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The cards will be sent to a young woman who was hit by a car in April while riding her bike.
John Hall and others sign a get well card during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The cards will be sent to a young woman who was hit by a car in April while riding her bike.

Photos: Cyclists Gather for Ride of Silence - Paul Gallaher photo. - Jon Hornbeck and others sign a get well card during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The cards will be sent to a young woman who was hit by a car in April while riding her bike.
Jon Hornbeck and others sign a get well card during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The cards will be sent to a young woman who was hit by a car in April while riding her bike.

Photos: Cyclists Gather for Ride of Silence - Paul Gallaher photo. - Cyclists roll through the intersection of Redhawk Parkway and Paseo Parallan during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. A young woman was hit by a van while riding her bike through the same intersection in April.
Cyclists roll through the intersection of Redhawk Parkway and Paseo Parallan during the annual Ride of Silence in Temecula, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. A young woman was hit by a van while riding her bike through the same intersection in April.


 

5 comments

Comment Profile ImageZak
Comment #1 | Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm
What a great showing of people here in Temecula! Such a diverse group of people riding bikes last night. Gave me chills.
Comment Profile Imageobserver
Comment #2 | Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 8:00 am
Such a great cause and nice they came together. However, I hope this is not the start of cyclists taking over our roads by riding outside the bike lines as they do on the coast. Our roads are congested enough and it is not only dangerous for them, but highly disrespectful of travelers. The bike lane is for that - bikes. outside the bike lane bikes should not venture. Riding two/three and four tandem is just plain annoying and dangerous. I also notice that some of Temecula's roads do not even provide bike lanes, parts of Jefferson. Our law enforcement is all over us about all kinds of traffic violations and I hope they do not allow the type of disrespectful and reckless riding that is the norm down at the beach areas.
Comment Profile ImageBiker
Comment #3 | Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm
@observer
You do realize that there is no law that states a bike must ride single file and in the bike lane? Riding two abreast makes a cyclist much more visible and makes communication much easier. Also a bike can leave the bike lane for many reasons. It's CVC 21202 if you are interested. I can't help but wonder if the congestion on our roads has anything to do with cars and very little to do with cyclists. You should hop on a bike…you just might like it.
Comment Profile Imageobserver
Comment #4 | Friday, May 25, 2012 at 8:56 am
@biker = congestion IS currently a problem due to high growth in the area. My concern is that there is not enough room for a high volume of cyclists on most roads, if , they in fact, think that they have 'rights' to slow traffic and ride three and four tandem into the hwys. When I visit the coastal areas I am appalled at the inconsideration of the groups of cyclists that ride out into the road obstructing traffic. I have ridden bicycles, but respectfully so and with an eye to safety. By no means is it safe to obstruct the flow of traffic EVER. You are not an automobile and an accident can prove to be deadly. I currently ride a motorcycle and there are plenty of unsafe 'bikers' but I am fully aware of what makes operating a motorcycle or a bicycle unsafe and inconsiderate. 'cyclists' (I am sorry, but you are not a 'biker') ought to realize that most folks aren't looking nor do they care. I'd hate to see a high volume of accidents due to an arrogant lack of consideration.
Comment Profile ImageBiker
Comment #5 | Friday, May 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm
@observer
I don't really see a problem with congestion in Temecula. You can drive from 79S to Winchester in under 10 minutes on Margarita. The lights are timed to help you get through town quickly. I don't know one cyclist that rides a bike in an effort to slow down traffic. And actually bikes are traffic. Most if not all roads in Temecula are nice wide two lane roads with plenty of room for motorists to move around them. That may require you to change lanes, but that shouldn't be an issue. Wouldn't an arrogant lack of consideration be a motorist running over a cyclist because, in your words, most folks aren't looking nor do they care? I think the overriding problem with our current road system is while motorists have this beautiful road system with multiple lanes and signals and turn lanes and freeways and parking lots and on and on while bikes have very little road space. Build a system for bikes that is similar to what cars have and you will never be inconvenienced by an inconsiderate cyclist again. You will very likely be inconvenienced by inconsiderate motorists obstructing traffic.

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