Trans Am cyclists enter Kansas, heading to Pittsburg

Kansas law requires that motorists treat cyclists like any other motorized vehicle on the road.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Drivers should be prepared to see more cyclists as the Trans American Bike Race continues. The first participants have arrived in Kansas and will be heading towards Pittsburg.

Cyclists in the Trans Am event will enter Kansas from Colorado on K-96 and travel through Leoti, Scott City, Rush Center, Larned, Hutchinson, Newton, Eureka, Chanute, Girard and then Pittsburg. Riders in this event usually travel individually rather than in groups.

The City of Pittsburg posted, “Bicycle Route 76 is 4,218 miles long and one of the oldest routes of the Adventure Cycling Route Network. It runs from Yorktown, VA to the Oregon coast and crosses Kansas from Pittsburg to the Colorado line. We are fortunate to have over 40 miles in Crawford County, and 4 miles through Pittsburg!”

Kansas Law

Motorists should expect to see an increase in cyclists during these warmer summer months. Officials remind you that Kansas law requires that motorists treat cyclists like any other motorized vehicle on the road. This includes moving over and passing like you would any other vehicle only when safe to do so and requires that motorists must have three feet of space between the cyclist and vehicle when passing.

Drivers should use extra caution as other cycling events take place this summer.

About the Trans American Bike Race

The Trans American Bike Race is an annual, self-supported, ultra-distance cycling race that stretches 4,200 miles across the U.S. from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va.  This is not a stage race – meaning once the race starts, the clock doesn’t stop until the racers reach the finish line. Now in its seventh year, each racer must strategically decide when to rest, ride and refuel.

For more information on the event, go to transambikerace.com.