- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is cracking down on travelers along a popular cyclist route that has been a longtime spot in a feud between motorists and bikers.

Twelve cyclists recently were ticketed for not stopping at a stop sign, and seven motorists got tickets for driving too closely to the bikers, television station KOTV (https://bit.ly/1Rmi1pr ) reported.

Hundreds of cyclists roll through Tulsa and into Osage County every Wednesday night, but cyclist Fred Muniz said that the troopers’ actions last week have caused some to pull out of the weekly tradition.

Muniz said that he watches for oncoming traffic, and if he doesn’t see a car, he doesn’t stop mostly because of the time it takes to brake, unclip his feet from the pedals and accelerate again.

Troopers say they have been meeting with different cycling groups to talk about road safety. Drivers in the area say the cyclists have almost caused wrecks by failing to stop. Cyclists say that in 2013, a driver tossed two boxes of tacks onto a road in front of bicyclists, damaging roughly 50 tires.

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Information from: KOTV-TV, https://www.newson6.com

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