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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011, 12:10 P.M.

Oregon burg hands out $4K in tickets to bicyclists

Competitive racers wait for the start of the second SpokeFest bicycle ride Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009. More than 1,600 cyclists participated in the 21-mile ride through Spokane.  (J. Bart Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)
Competitive racers wait for the start of the second SpokeFest bicycle ride Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009. More than 1,600 cyclists participated in the 21-mile ride through Spokane. (J. Bart Rayniak / The Spokesman-Review)

CYCLING -- Police in the town of Amity, Ore., wrote more than $4,000 in traffic tickets Saturday during an annual charity bicycle ride that passed through the community, the Associated Press reports.

Some riders told KGW-TV they thought police were at the intersection to allow riders through since it was an organized event.

Not so.

Police Chief Dan Brown told the TV reporter his officers have tried for years to get the bicyclists to comply with traffic laws and says “we had to take it a step further.”

About 3,000 people paid to participate in the organized “Reach the Beach” tour from Portland to the Oregon coast.

KGW says that at one corner in Amity, 14 bicyclists received traffic tickets for $317 each. Amity police say riders were not stopping at the stop sign.

Reach the Beach organizers say they warned riders in brochures that they must follow all traffic laws.




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