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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Teen cyclist’s death in charity ride

Cyclists were put in harm’s way

I was not surprised to read of this incident. [“Teen cyclist hit, killed in charity ride,” NW Monday, June 17.] I would not have been surprised to see several other accidents or deaths related to this event.

I was driving east on Pioneer Highway at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and found myself amid dozens of bicyclists. The cyclists were riding as if there were no cars on the highway; in many instances, four or more abreast.

There are stretches of this road that have speed limits of 50 mph. These bicyclists rode without regard to the dangers of mingling with the vehicle traffic.

I was surprised there were no advance notices or signs. There were no safety monitors, just hundreds of cyclists intermingled with the Sunday traffic.

I suggest the organizers of this event share much of the responsibility for this poor boy’s loss of life. Attempting to take over several major arterials in Snohomish County without significant advance notice and planning is irresponsible and should have much more oversight from county officials.

Frank Finneran, Seattle

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