ODOT, State Police step up safety push for Reach the Beach ride

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“It was a tragic situation that we want to avoid this year. Greater awareness may help us do that.”
— Louis Torres, ODOT Region 2

After a traffic collision claimed the life of a 65-year-old Camas man during the Reach the Beach ride last year, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon State Police (OSP), race organizers and other officials are being proactive about safety this time around.

The ride is on May 18th and it attracts nearly 3,000 riders who pedal to the coast from four different starting locations (including Portland).

In a statement released today, ODOT urged people driving on the route to consider other options because there will be, “several thousand bicyclists who will be sharing space with motorists on rural highways in Washington, Yamhill and Tillamook counties.” In particular officials are concerned about OR 22 and OR 130 (Little Nestucca Road) because they are “narrow and can be a challenge when motorists and bicyclists are sharing the road.”

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