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    MS150 - CAUTION - Waller Drama continues

    Hate to continue to be the bearer of bad news, but I wanted to pass along this message that came across my social networks (print screen also copied below):

    "Waller County officials in writing to the MS Society has confirmed that none of it officers will be assisting MS150 riders at intersections this year. They will allow law enforcement officers from other areas to direct traffic in these areas where Waller officers are normally positioned. They will not ticket riders following these officers instructions. They will have Waller officers out in full force along the routes writing tickets to riders who cross the middle stripe, not allowing vehicles to pass, not stopping at locations where no officer is present or anything else that they can find. Also they will ticket any SAG or MS Support vehicles that cross the solid center lines, do not move over to allow opposing traffic to pass, or stop where required. So we told to pass this along to our teams and other riders we know. Be very careful how you ride when in Waller county. All routes pass through this area, so it effects all MS 150 riders."
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    Obviously you should ALWAYS follow the rules of the road, but let's all be particularly cautious when passing through Waller.

    My team will be riding from Rhodes; looking at the MS150 Day 1 route, we will be riding in Waller on 90, FM362, and FM529 until we cross the Brazos River around Burleigh ~8/9 miles before Bellville.

    Looking at the other starts:

    The Tully route will cross into Waller ~1 mile past the intersection with Katy Hockley Cutoff Rd on 529 (Freeman Rd) and will be in Waller until 529 crosses the Brazos (like the Rhodes Route).

    Waller Stadium is actually slightly outside Waller County, but I think it's safest to assume that you're in Waller until 159 crosses the Brazos (~10 miles before Bellville).

    Ride safe y'all...

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    Yeah, let's be extra cautious through Waller. If you go to jail, you don't always come out.

    I guess the sheriff and this judge that is being vocal are about to start running for re-election soon and need something "good" to deliver to their constituents.

    If you are starting at Rhodes or Tully, there really are not that many stop signs on the route and most should be directed by some type of LEO.

    AFAIK, 159 has a full shoulder for the Waller start.

    To be honest though, I am not worried about anything. For the most part, I follow the rules of the road and most riders I see do the same. I know that doesn't mean everyone does, but I can only control what I do.

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    Ya know...the cyclists only have themselves to blame for this. Now before you get upset, hear me out. Cyclists have been riding in that area for decades and each year sees more and more and more and more. On some of the busier weekend days on certain routes, a local may have to wait up to 20 to 30 minutes just to be able to get out of their own driveway. And of course, you cannot deny that many of them, not all, but many, disobey the laws, they litter, they stop and piss in people's front yards, they clog the roads and they yell at drivers. Face it, they've raped this area with impunity for years and finally the locals have had enough. It's not surprising at all and frankly, I'm surprised it took this long for this to happen. Yes, I've ridden out there many times and have seen the behaviors first hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durt View Post
    Ya know...the cyclists only have themselves to blame for this. Now before you get upset, hear me out. Cyclists have been riding in that area for decades and each year sees more and more and more and more. On some of the busier weekend days on certain routes, a local may have to wait up to 20 to 30 minutes just to be able to get out of their own driveway. And of course, you cannot deny that many of them, not all, but many, disobey the laws, they litter, they stop and piss in people's front yards, they clog the roads and they yell at drivers. Face it, they've raped this area with impunity for years and finally the locals have had enough. It's not surprising at all and frankly, I'm surprised it took this long for this to happen. Yes, I've ridden out there many times and have seen the behaviors first hand.
    Raped? Really? Thatís a pretty extreme word.
    The only time I have seen bike congestion so thick that it would prevent someone from leaving their driveway for 1-2 minutes was during the MS150. Not 20-30 minutes. I know there are other training rides that take place for the MS150, but I cannot imagine there were as many riders out there as there were for the MS150. I know that there are not as many for the Tour de Cure.
    What do the residence do when the county is working on the road and a lane is shut down for several days? An organized ride will affect a section or road for what? Less than an hour on an early Saturday or Sunday morning?
    I am not saying that people havenít done the things that you have said but I have never seen it personally and I have ridden out there many times as well. The only trash I remember seeing were burger wrappers and beer bottles. I donít think that is what cyclist are eating and drinking on rides.
    I do think that all riders should know proper etiquette. They should stay as far right as possible and be aware of your surroundings, but shouldnít feel threatened by a car either. That is the only time I have raised my hand to say WTH at a driver. Yelling doesnít do anything if you get buzzed by a car.
    To paint the broad brush that it is all the cyclist fault and they are raping the area is absurd.

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