Cyclists ahead!

Visitors and residents in Grant County may encounter large numbers of riders on the roadways in September, when Cycle Oregon visits the region. The elite riding event draws more than 2,000 participants.

The most congestion may be early in the morning, as the largest mass of riders heads out for the day’s cycling, or at lunch and rest stops.

Drivers who will be sharing the road with cyclists are urged to:

• When you pass cyclists, give them a wide berth and make sure you have a good clearance to pull back into your lane without endangering other riders who may be farther ahead.

• If you pull off and stop your vehicle any where on the riding route, always look behind you before opening the car door and getting out. A cyclist who gets “doored” can be seriously injured.

• Be alert to changes in rider activity or position. Riders have the same rules and rights on the road as drivers. They will be directed to ride to the right, but could be jolted by various surprises – such as a blown tire or a jackrabbit darting into their path.

• Slow down in riding areas.

• Watch for the signs warning that there may be 2,000 cyclists ahead.

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