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    Be Cautious Riding in Waller - Sheriff cracking down

    For those of you who donít live in the Houston area, Waller County, particularly the area around Zube Park and the Hockley Community Center, is one of the more popular areas for cycling in the region. However, Waller County Sheriff Glen Smith (look him up... ) has recently chosen to make a statement by ticketing cyclists at the 27th annual Bluebonnet Express charity ride this past weekend.

    The ride was organized by Northwest Cycling (USA Cycling club of the year 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014), and was fully permitted with off-duty officers manning turns and intersections (e.g. stopping traffic and waving cyclists through). Sheriff Smith however, sent officers to an un-manned intersectionÖand began issuing tickets.

    There are certainly extenuating circumstances Ė the roads had been flooded with heavy rains earlier in the week, and there had been another charity ride in the neighboring county (that crossed into Waller) the day before Ė I can understand where locals would be frustrated with traffic. But heavy-handed responses like this really donít do anything to further the dialogue and will likely make the roads less safe for cyclists.

    With a heavy heart, Iím planning to stay away from Waller. If youíre in the area though, Iíd certainly recommend riding with a camera and a group. And (not to suggest that yíall donít do this already) please make sure you follow the laws to a T.
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    Last edited by DC7384; 03-15-2016 at 08:56 AM.

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    Thanks for the tip.

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