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10,000 bikes will hit highway 30 Saturday afternoon for STP ride

This weekend, 10,000 cyclists will descend on Columbia County as part of the annual Seattle to Portland bike ride. The route stretches for over 100 miles from the University of Washington campus to Holladay Park in northeast Portland, and crosses the Lewis and Clark Bridge into Oregon before running through Rainier, St. Helens and Scappoose on their way in to Portland.

Some riders will begin the event before 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, and normally begin to arrive in south Columbia County in the early afternoon, continuing throughout the day and beginning once again on Sunday morning.

While the riders will be clearly marked and should keep within the bike lane for the most part, it may be best to exercise as much caution as possible when the event hits Columbia County in full force.

If it's possible, give groups of riders an extra lane of space, as the edge nearest the white line is usually the most clear of obstacles for cyclists. Always turn behind riders at intersections, and be sure to check mirrors when merging across bike lanes as they're more likely to be occupied than normal.