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Original post made by John the Man, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2010

A group of up to a couple of thousand bicycle riders ( will be out for their monthly bike ride this evening.... and a good part of it will be through University Avenue downtown and then through the Stanford campus.

If you get caught up in the group, your vehicle could be waiting awhile. So you'll want to plan your travels accordingly tonight.

Go to for info on the route and more info.

Comments (5)

Posted by Roger
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

This could be a big money maker for the city. Police need to be stationed at all major intersections and citations issued to any and all bike riders that do not stop at red lights, at stop signs and do not yield to pedestrians.

Posted by John the Man
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Actually, the SJBP crowd is now very good about abiding traffic laws. After one ride where the SJPD gave out a couple of dozen tickets to riders, almost all of them got wise and decided to obey the law. The ride organizers make a LOT of announcements to the crowd to obey the law and the ride stewards emphasize it a lot, too.

If anything, it is motorists who break the law around them more often than the reverse.

Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Anyone know what's going on on campus with the fire engines? A half an hour ago I saw 4 engines, an ambulance, and police car hurtling toward campus, and then another engine on Stanford Ave. Also, I smelled smoke while on Stanford Ave. while driving.

Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm

There is a whole lot more the PAPD should be ticketing these bicyclists with. From the Cal vehicle code:

21202(a) Bicyclist, failure to use right edge of roadway.

21200.5 Riding a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both.

21208(a) Failure to ride in a bicycle lane.

21208(b) Bicyclist shall not leave bike lane until reasonably safe.

22400(a) Minimum speed, impeding normal flow of traffic.

Posted by Rob
a resident of Triple El
on Apr 17, 2010 at 8:06 am

John the Man: Along Embarcadero, a main thoroughfare much as I wish it weren't, bikers not only took over the entire right lane, but also rode in part of the left lane as well, just avoiding oncoming traffic. The entire group also cut the corner at Greer, causing some cars to screech to a halt to miss them. Some of the leaders were telling bikers to stay right, but few paid attention. At least a quarter of them, maybe more, had no helmets. So no, they were not "very good about abiding traffic laws," let alone common safety sense, and the group had no effective control of itself. Hey, I bike a lot, so I'm sympathetic, but this was ridiculous.

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