Judging from the comment sections at various news websites, public opinion really turned against her after the news broke about the previous speeding and license violations. Before that, it was wall-to-wall bicycle haters. They seem to have scurried back under their rocks for the most part.
We're really just venting on here because any one of us could have been one of those riders that day. We've probably have all experienced near misses and scary moments that make us second guess our passion for riding. Unfortunately it is always something that sticks in my mind as start any ride. Obviously I want a careful and methodical evaluation of all evidence to come to a complete understanding as to what happened that day....and I want a just sentence for those at fault. Please find other threads to read if this one upsets you.
Wow, like I said before, this just gets worse by the day.
Anyone know how long it typically takes to get blood test results back? It seems to me they must have them by now, and if so, they must be negative, otherwise she would have been charged with vehicular manslaughter at least.
Wow, indeed. Boom! I don't think this one is going to get off easy. IMO, YMMV, etc. etc.
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I hate seeing this happen each year but it could have been avoided. A ten minute walk over that bridge would have saved two lives. My condolences.
Forcing cyclists off the road is never the answer. I don't think your opinion will sit well with very many cyclists.
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Since I was the one who made the original comment about walking my bike across the bridge, I should emphasize that I've only done it at the height of the beach season when the traffic is really bad, and it is usually an unpleasant experience. The sidewalk is really narrow -- hardly enough for two pedestrians to pass each other. Now imagine it packed with pedestrians heading to the beach, and idiots riding their bikes on the sidewalk. Last time I did it, I was stopping about every 10 feet to let someone squeeze by. It took probably 20 minutes to get across. Then when I did make it across, I still had to cross route 1A in heavy traffic to get back to the southbound side (the sidewalk is only on the northbound side), and there are no crosswalks or lights anywhere near the bridge.
So was walking across really safer, or was I just being timid? I kind of think it's a wash in hindsight. Overall, that whole area is worth avoiding in the summer, which is why this century is held in late September after the tourists have mostly gone. Though unfortunately the party/raver crowd is there year-round, as we learned last Saturday.
Oh, and since Ms. Hess' path of destruction included riding up on the sidewalk, she would have massacred many pedestrians had this happened a month earlier, so walking across wouldn't have helped anyway.
Two more implicated in this mess. This thing is turning into a real sad movie of the week.
Well, that second part of the statement stands--there's plenty of places as narrow, particularly rt 103, where you don't have even the sightline you have on the bridge. I can't see roads like that being closed to traffic as 1200 riders string out over 100 mi.
Certainly could skip the southern loop, though, and still do a metric century.
I do agree the southern part of the route is mostly "junk mileage". They could just stretch the route up further into Maine, say up to Ogunquit and Wells. I suspect this would mess up the logistics of the current SAG stops and they might have to add another one though. Right now, because of the way the route doubles back on itself, they can service the entire route with pretty much just the single rest stop at Fort McClary and a smaller one at the starting point.