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    Use turnouts on Hwy 9

    As a regular rider and driver on Hwy 9 between Santa Cruz and Felton, I make a suggestion/request. After dropping onto the highway (from where, I don't know ) it is a good idea to be conscious of cars on the road and getting out of the way. The shoulder is nearly non-existent and the lanes are narrow. There is no legal and safe way to pass bikes.

    Large groups that just cruise down the highway can especially create problems with traffic backing up.

    When I ride down the highway, I check for cars coming behind me and pull into the turnouts as needed to let them by. It is a slight inconvenience, but it is safer.

    I also take the lane if it is unsafe for a car to pass so they don't pass on a blind turn and risk needing to dodge back into me if a car comes in the opposite direction. Drivers don't necessarily appreciate that and they probably don't know why I do it instead of hugging the side of the road. I have had a few close calls where I was run off the road, so having a little space to my right gives a bit of a buffer.

    Any thoughts on this idea?

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    I dare you to tell the roadies to ride in the dirt pullouts as you pass.

    I just be patient and donít run anyone over when I drive that section of road.

    I get more frustrated with slow cars/motorcycles that donít use turnouts on every other section of hwy9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I dare you to tell the roadies to ride in the dirt pullouts as you pass.

    I just be patient and donít run anyone over when I drive that section of road.

    I get more frustrated with slow cars/motorcycles that donít use turnouts on every other section of hwy9.
    The roadies are usually going pretty fast, at least downhill. Honestly, I don't think they should be riding on a road where they can't get out of the way. That is a very unpopular opinion, though.

    A lot of the mountain bikers hit the highway and just cruise back to their cars like their ride is already over. I can be patient, but there are aggressive drivers out there. Even worse, there are tourists who can barely drive the road without bikes there.

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    That last 1/2 mile on Hwy 9 is definitely the most dangerous part of the day. I usually just pedal up the road a couple minutes, drop Happy Ending, and ride down the tracks to the parking lot. That makes for a fun/mellow way to finish the day, as opposed to ending up as a hood ornament.
    The broken are the more evolved. Rejoice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I dare you to tell the roadies to ride in the dirt pullouts as you pass.
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    I saw this bumper sticker the other day...basically, the reason I donít really road ride anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    basically, the reason I donít really road ride anymore.
    Yeah, the grammar of drivers is atrocious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMachinist View Post
    The roadies are usually going pretty fast, at least downhill. Honestly, I don't think they should be riding on a road where they can't get out of the way. That is a very unpopular opinion, though.
    Thankfully the folks that wrote the laws were smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    I saw this bumper sticker the other day...basically, the reason I donít really road ride anymore.
    The plate should be in that pic, too.
    I wouldn't even get my hair cut except it's near the liquor store and it seems like my eyebrows need trimming now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownpownow View Post
    Thankfully the folks that wrote the laws were smart.
    The ones who wrote that a motorist must give a cyclist 3 feet of clearance, a motorist must not cross the double yellow line and a cyclist must pull over when impeding the flow of traffic, as when followed by five or more motor vehicles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMachinist View Post
    The ones who wrote that a motorist must give a cyclist 3 feet of clearance, a motorist must not cross the double yellow line and a cyclist must pull over when impeding the flow of traffic, as when followed by five or more motor vehicles?
    Yes! The people that wrote 21656 are smart.

    A slow moving vehicle is any car, bus, farm equipment, bicycle or other vehicle that is operating slower than the normal flow of traffic and shall turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout by signs erected by the authority having jurisdiction over the highway, or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists, in order to permit the vehicles following it to proceed.

    The people that wrote 21202 are also smart!

    VCß21202 Duty of Bicycle Operator: Operation on Roadway
    (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the
    normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as
    close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except
    under any of the following situations:
    (1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in
    the same direction.
    (2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or
    driveway.
    (3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not
    limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians,
    animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it
    unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the
    provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a
    "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a
    vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
    (4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
    (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway
    carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes,
    may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

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    Hwy9 is the gnarliest trail in that area for sure. I get on the dirt turnout whenever I can.

    Roadies: Just hug the lane so cars won't attempt to pass you unsafely. (Not made up, my road ride group believes in this)

    Everyone should just be friends and be courtesy of each other

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    If someone was hypothetically riding hypothetical trails in the HWY 9 area, they could hypothetically drop down to the tracks to avoid the road...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBro View Post
    Yeah, the grammar of drivers is atrocious!
    I hear ya...I wonít let anyone with poor grammar run me over

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