Getting to the Farmer's Market

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Beth is working with the folks at the Spokane Farmer’s Market to introduce some bike stuff there. P2P will have a presence at the Market on Oct 6th and there’s some talk of being more involved next Spring. We’ll see what Beth cooks up.

One thing the folks at Farmer’s Market asked us to do was to recommend some bike routes. The Farmer’s Market is just in a tough spot for biking. So no matter what, if you’re biking there, you’re biking on some busy-ish streets, which can be a hard sell for folks that are not used to riding in traffic.

The routes we’ve recommended here are mostly on main roads where you’ll have the right-of-way. There are a few exceptions.

What new riders don’t often understand is that riding with traffic on roads with the right-of-way is much safer than riding through uncontrolled intersections. There is a perception of safety when you stay on the side streets, but it is more dangerous, as you’re just not as likely to be seen or expected.

When you ride out in the lane, cars see you and must go around or yield to you. Follow the law as you would if you where a slow vehicle. If you’re holding up more than 5 cars, pull over and let them pass. Generally,if you travel on roads where there are 2 lanes of travel in your direction,cars can easily go around you. Especially in Spokane.

On Saturday morning you’ll find the streets pretty bare, even Division, 3rd, and 2nd.

Stay off the sidewalks, follow the traffic laws, and enjoy the ride.

1 comment

  1. Oddly enough, drivers seem to be more willing to cut you slack when you’ve got a milk crate full of vegetables strapped on.

    Second and Third are a breeze at that time of day. Only thing you have to worry about is making sure your peaches don’t get bruised as you negotiate the potholes…

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