Spring rite: Thousands of cyclists enjoy 29th annual Wildflower...

Thousands of cyclists spilled onto the roads in Chico, Durham, Paradise and Oroville Sunday as the 29th annual Wildflower Century bicycle ride took place. Full Story
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Since: May 08

Oroville

#1 Apr 26, 2010
Thank you Chico Velo for a well organized event.
Ivan Amy

AOL

#2 Apr 26, 2010
A large percentage of the bicyclists were selfish in blocking the roads in Paradise with as many as four across traveling the roads, unconcerned that they were blocking the road. Honking at them only caused obscene gestures in return. Shame on them for giving all bikers a bad name.
juanita

Chico, CA

#3 Apr 26, 2010
What would Ann Schwab know about Chico - she lives in Forest Ranch, right behind the store. Is she going to annex Forest Ranch to Chico?

Having this two-faced sow represent Chico makes me sick, sorry.
petermaki

Houston, MO

#4 Apr 26, 2010
What is the matter with the poster juanita? Did someone pee in her Cheerios?
Mark

Chico, CA

#5 Apr 26, 2010
juanita is another part of the wild color that make Chico such a special town. Like puncture vine, she irritates at times, but she has her place in the big scheme of things.
skeptic1st

Mt Meadows Area, CA

#6 Apr 26, 2010
I'm an enthusiastic supporter of bicycling, and of developing local opportunities and events to encourage people to participate.

However, my experience with the "Wild Flower" folks yesterday was not positive.

I drove down Highway 70 from the Greenville area and then cut over on the way to Chico via the Durham-Pentz Road. I'm not sure where people were being queued, but there were bicyclists spilling onto the roadway before the turnoff from 70, and I encountered large numbers of cyclists all the way to the freeway exchange.

None of them were remotely interested in sharing the road with cars--they congregated into clumps and spread out over the entire lane for almost a mile before I was able to find a way to pass. There was no effort on the part of the cyclists to adhere to the most basic traffic laws--they simply took over.

Likewise, there was no evidence of any "official" oversight or control--no one was there directing traffic or making any effort to keep things under control. Over the entire route between Highway 70 and the Highway 99 freeway entrance, this exhibition of arrogance and self-entitlement continued--I repeatedly had to squeeze past clusters of cyclists who were not riding in single file and who obviously believed my interests were unimportant.

This may have been a great day for somebody, but I have every intention of lodging appropriate complaints to discourage any future repeat of what happened yesterday. The event was poorly managed to say the least; it's lucky nobody was seriously hurt or killed--the behavior of the cyclists made fundamental safety a remote consideration, and their unmitigated arrogance infuriated everybody who had to deal with them.

I hope others who had to sacrifice time and effort to accommodate this group of rude jackasses will let the organizers--and the City and Chico PD, among others--know that it needs to change in the future.

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#7 Apr 26, 2010
It was a great year with minimal injuries to riders (one woman reportedly "crashed" on the Midway about 2 miles south of the tank farm, but her injuries were mild, consisting mostly of road rash). For those that are unfamiliar, there are two kinds of riders: Those that have been down and those that are going down. Hence helmets.

I was posted as a comm volunteer in Richvale. The weather was great, the food was great, the riders were great, the volunteers were great.

Every year I think this has to be one of the best events in the country. Great job, Chico! Great job Chico Velo! Great job Boy Scouts.
the bug

Sacramento, CA

#10 Apr 26, 2010
Thank you Chico Velo and all volunteers for another great ride! Don't worry Ed. It is in good hands.
pumpkincycle

Oakland, CA

#11 Apr 26, 2010
Chico Velo--thanks for putting on another good ride. Differences from past years, roads always well marked, with additional arrows Wildflower now the BEST marked century. Also actually saw many Wildflowers this year (old joke is only Wildflowers are in the jerseys.)

Conversely, didn't see many sag drivers-esp when our group had 3 flats (used to be constant sag motorbikes going up Honey Run), and you need more porta potties at all rest stops except Durham.

Baked goods at the rest stops were tremendous.

Now Humboldt road surface was not really improved--was it?(albeit old grafitti covered over)

Chico area lends its unique charactor to the ride, way to go Chicooooooo.
concerned

Chico, CA

#12 Apr 26, 2010
I agree completely with skeptic1st...only we were on Hwy. 32 where the riders took over the road at Old Humboldt. At one point, the riders had taken over both the west bound and the opposing east bound lanes! A wonder no one got hurt!! One suggestion: Chico Velo, please put out a notice so that the community can be aware of the next upcoming event and possibly avoid certain roads during the hours of the ride.
Joe the Plumber

Chico, CA

#13 Apr 26, 2010
concerned wrote:
I agree completely with skeptic1st...only we were on Hwy. 32 where the riders took over the road at Old Humboldt. At one point, the riders had taken over both the west bound and the opposing east bound lanes! A wonder no one got hurt!! One suggestion: Chico Velo, please put out a notice so that the community can be aware of the next upcoming event and possibly avoid certain roads during the hours of the ride.
What? This was the 29TH annual Wildflower. The ride has been here for almost 30 years. The entire course and information took up most of the Chico news and review. It was posted in the ER. The TV channels covered the buildup. The city council talks about it before and after.

What did you want? A public note hammered to your front door?

Here's that notice. The Wildflower bike ride will be held on the last Sunday of April 2011. Any questions?
Joe Sixpack

Monmouth Junction, NJ

#14 Apr 26, 2010
I like bicycling myself. I am also a motorist. May I ask you bicyclists who wear the weird suits and ride the bikes with the skinny tires to watch where you're going? Thank you.
Old and Retired

Chico, CA

#15 Apr 26, 2010
Joe the Plumber wrote:
<quoted text>
What? This was the 29TH annual Wildflower. The ride has been here for almost 30 years. The entire course and information took up most of the Chico news and review. It was posted in the ER. The TV channels covered the buildup. The city council talks about it before and after.
What did you want? A public note hammered to your front door?
Here's that notice. The Wildflower bike ride will be held on the last Sunday of April 2011. Any questions?
No need to get hostile. Maybe you are one of the bikers who hogged the road?
butte county resident

Sutter, CA

#16 Apr 26, 2010
I am sorry I love bike riding to BUT they were extremely RUDE not all but most.I saw no police anywhere the whole time.Also the check points they were riding past them three and four wide in a lane.Nobody from these check points said a thing just sat there with there covering and drinking there drinks.They were worthless !!!!The riders could care less about the cars.I am all for sharing the road but they DID NOT !!! Again there were some that were single file but most would fan out three and four wide and then talk.At one point we were driving and I might add 15 to 20 miles an hour for there safety and they spread out just as we went to cautiously pass them so we had to slam on our brakes.I was so mad by the time I got to chico it ruined my day.
I am all for being cautious but please next year when the signs say single file honer that or you may become road kill by your own stupidity.We were careful with your lives please give us the same consideration.I do when i ride I look back for oncoming traffic.
butte county resident

Sutter, CA

#17 Apr 26, 2010
skeptic1st wrote:
I'm an enthusiastic supporter of bicycling, and of developing local opportunities and events to encourage people to participate.
However, my experience with the "Wild Flower" folks yesterday was not positive.
I drove down Highway 70 from the Greenville area and then cut over on the way to Chico via the Durham-Pentz Road. I'm not sure where people were being queued, but there were bicyclists spilling onto the roadway before the turnoff from 70, and I encountered large numbers of cyclists all the way to the freeway exchange.
None of them were remotely interested in sharing the road with cars--they congregated into clumps and spread out over the entire lane for almost a mile before I was able to find a way to pass. There was no effort on the part of the cyclists to adhere to the most basic traffic laws--they simply took over.
Likewise, there was no evidence of any "official" oversight or control--no one was there directing traffic or making any effort to keep things under control. Over the entire route between Highway 70 and the Highway 99 freeway entrance, this exhibition of arrogance and self-entitlement continued--I repeatedly had to squeeze past clusters of cyclists who were not riding in single file and who obviously believed my interests were unimportant.
This may have been a great day for somebody, but I have every intention of lodging appropriate complaints to discourage any future repeat of what happened yesterday. The event was poorly managed to say the least; it's lucky nobody was seriously hurt or killed--the behavior of the cyclists made fundamental safety a remote consideration, and their unmitigated arrogance infuriated everybody who had to deal with them.
I hope others who had to sacrifice time and effort to accommodate this group of rude jackasses will let the organizers--and the City and Chico PD, among others--know that it needs to change in the future.
I AGREE WITH YOU AND NEXT YEAR PLEASE HAVE MORE POLICE OUT TO TAKE ACTION ON THE IDIOT BIKERS OUT THERE THEY WERE SO RUDE !!!! HOPE THEY NEVER RETURN IF THAT IS HOW THEY RIDE>

TO THE RESPECTFUL BIKERS PLEASE COME BACK YOU WERE WONDERFUL.to bad there were so few nice bikers we encoutered.
Harpo Marx

Chico, CA

#18 Apr 26, 2010
At least they weren't running over children in Bidwell Park for one day.
Nobody

Woodland, CA

#19 Apr 26, 2010
Motorists only seem to notice the cyclists who are "in your way" just as cyclists only seem to notice motorists who crowd them. Next time you're on the road take a minute to notice those cyclists who share the road. They make up the vast majority of cyclists (just as most motorists give cyclists plenty of space).

One thing most motorists don't realize is that sometimes there are reasons that cyclists need to move away from the far right side of the road and into the traffic lane. There could be holes, rocks, animals (dead or alive) etc. Many times motorists don't notice those things. The law says that cyclists need to be as far to the right as safely possible. That means that sometimes cyclists need to be in the traffic land because that is as far right as they can safely ride. THAT IS LEGAL.

Of course there are inconsistent cyclists who get in the way. Most of us are not. Most of us don't like them because they make you mad and I may be the next cyclist you see. They make it unsafe for me. I get buzzed and yelled at all the time when I'm all the way to the right. I occasionally get stuff thrown at me when I'm all the way to the right.

Now an event like Wildflower is a bit different. Due to the huge number of riders out there (4,000) things tend to spill into the traffic lane much more than would normally occur. You have faster groups of riders passing slower groups of riders. You have out of town riders who may be taking in the beautiful Chico area scenery and not paying as much attention to their position on the road as they should be.

If you are slowed down by a few minutes during Wildflower next year take solace in the fact that tons of tax revenue is generated when you bring that many out of towners into town for the weekend. Ask the hotels and restaurants how they did.

Since: Jul 08

Chico

#20 Apr 26, 2010
I think the Wildflower is a great event for Chico anc Butte County, but learn some manners people. Out of 4 photos in the ER two of them show bike riders over the double yellow with one person standing on it. Unless the road has been closed to cars these are violations of the law and should be cited.
butte county resident

Sutter, CA

#21 Apr 26, 2010
there were no obstacles they were talking not passing slower riders.They also were not looking behind them to see if there was any oncoming traffic they just fanned out.THE SIGN SAYS SINGLE FILE for a reason.They continued fanned out not passing.They were plane and simple RUDE !!!
To the 10% that were respectfully as we were to you...Thank you.If there are no cars coming by all means fan out and talk and take in the scenery.
pumpkincycle

Oakland, CA

#22 Apr 26, 2010
Most cyclists did a good job but I agree with some of the motorists/ residents--there is a noticeable minority of cyclists that have to bs while riding 4 across. We'd call out when "trying" to pass (we had a group of 6 in a single file paceline) and some idiots would keep bsing and blocking the left side of the lane. The area around the Covered Bridge was a clusterF, with cyclists milling around on the road though organizers were trying to get them off the road. On one downhill, some big squad clad in green were flying all over the place (with one eventually skidding off the road.)

That said, while most cars were great and gave plenty of room to pass (especially the Durham/ Chico loop), while some folks in Paradise have something up their butt--the day before part of my group took a ride up to Paradise and were over to the right--two people yelled for us to get off the road. On the Wildflower a few pickemup trucks buzzed cyclists on the Skyway though they were over to the right.

Yep, I agree, some cyclists have no clue but how many drivers don't know where their turn signal is or think their car is powered by their cell phone? As I posted above it is a great event and thanks for those people who act responsibly.

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