It's been interesting reading the feedback on this and thinking it over. My concern on all this is having each and every rider within the group come to a complete halt. I was taught that we move as a group or one for stop signs. The group stops, then moves as one through the intersection. This does several things:
1. It clears the intersection of slower moving traffic faster. This (hopefully) prevent the group from pissing off the other drivers.
2. It allow the group to stay together
So now we have a group of 20 cyclist in two rows of 10. Now each... and every... one... of us... has...to stop...
This means the group take longer to clear the intersection, someone may jump the *** and go to fast. Cars have to wait unless the group stops and wait for the rest to clear the intersection. If the group stops and there is no place to get off the road safety then we tie up a lane increasing the risk.
I agree that there are cyclist that think they can do what ever they want and these people are giving us a bad name. You can search this site and read the posts I have made about a group that just about ran me, another cyclist off the road. But we have tried to work with the leaders of Parker before and every so often this becomes an issue again. I believe it's because of key people within the "town" who whine or pay enough so get their demands heard.
Groups are going around Parker for now, which is sad because there are some nice routes in that area and it serves as a link or bridge to other nice routes (groups riding through the area). By taking those routes we are staying off other roads that are much busier (heavier, more traffic) and so less safe to ride on.