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Woodside seeks better handling of bike tours

Original post made on Jun 18, 2013

Woodside Town Council members are upset about how deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office handled -- or did not handle -- a June 9 bike tour when hundreds of cyclists passed through town and reportedly jammed the intersection of Woodside and Canada roads for hours.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:46 AM

Comments (13)

Posted by resident, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

The 4-way-stop intersection of Canada Rd and Woodside Rd is always a problem. Put up a stop light already! That will solve almost all of these problems.


Posted by Walt Bishop, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

Woodside should be informed if their intersection was the only one with a problem on the entire bike route. Otherwise this charity organization should not spend a lot of time with Woodside. It is easy to route a large bike ride around Woodside.


Posted by WS2, a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

The Town must set new regulations governing large rides; packs often 'ride wide', stretching far into the traffic lanes. The problem is quite frequent in the Town, not just limited to this particular large-scale charity ride.

Reasonable constraints benefit all.


Posted by Cyclist and Citizen, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

It would be nice to see the local law enforcement agencies do more traffic guidance during these events. The description here is much like I've observed on the Tour de Peninsula as well: Lots of officers on course but not directing traffic to maximize convenience for the tour, safety for all, and traffic delay for the rest. If they are going to be there, direct. Enforcement shouldn't be necessary at an obvious corner like that in Woodside. The organizers should have arranged to have the Sherrifs there to direct. Otherwise, the Sheriff could have jumped in to do it


Posted by cc, a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I agree Canada Rd and Woodside Rd needs a stoplight now PLEASE!!!!!!!


Posted by RO, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm

A traffic signal will only make the problem worse. What is needed is a roundabout. They work really well!


Posted by Confused Cyclist, a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

Cyclist and citizen - Why should the sheriffs be there to "maximize convenience for the tour, safety for all, and traffic delay for the rest"? Last I checked, as cyclists, we are supposed to stop at stop signs, just like the cars. Safety for all is the goal, but the convenience of the residents should actually take precedence over the convenience of the cyclists.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

Although unintentional, this thread illustrates the problem quite nicely.

Ordinary consideration for our fellow citizens is replaced with obtuse responses designed to make life as difficult as possible just to make a point. This accomplishes nothing except polarize the parties (see Washington, DC for more examples).

When there is a large event - such as a parade or an bicycle event with hundreds of riders - having law enforcement expeditiously ushering participants through stop signs and through town is warranted. We do this for funerals, why not do it for a large group of riders?

Similarly, when there is an unofficial event - such as the lunch ride or large groups of bike riders on weekends - ordinary consideration by allowing cars to pass and being courteous to equestrians, pedestrians and neighbors would be nice.


Posted by resident, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

Bike riders accelerate too slowly and are always holding up cars at that intersection, especially when a bunch of them stop-and-go one-by-one. Put in a stop light already! That will make traffic much smoother for everyone.


Posted by Serra Morena, a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Jun 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Traffic is bad on Woodside and Canada in the morning too. A traffic light might help in the mornings as well.

Woodside residents need to lighten up a bit. If you live in a beautiful area with rural roads, people are going to want to come and visit. The speed limit on Woodside road is 25 MPH. If you have to go 20 MPH behind a pack of cyclists it is really not taking much longer than if they weren't there.

Count your blessings!


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Serra Moreno - not when you have to get your kid to school or you are running late for work and you've got 2 more miles behind a peloton on Kings Mountain Road to go.

You try it sometime.


Posted by Donald, a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Pogo, please provide exact details on how you can be "stuck" behind a peloton for 2 miles on Kings Mtn while trying to get your child to school. What part of Kings, which direction, what time of day. I don't think this is possible. Besides, if you are late it is your fault, or your child's, and you should accept the consequences.


Posted by Donald, a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I thought that there would be no defence. The exaggeration was rather uncharacteristic for POGO. Perhaps it was someone else using that nome de plume.


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