Riding Bikes and Scooters to the Hydro Races to Avoid Traffic
KENNEWICK, Wash-- This year more than ever people are finding other ways to get around to save gas money, like riding bikes or scooters instead of their cars. It's also easier because you don't have to deal with parking.
Water Follies makes some of the usually traffic free local roads, look like a big city rush hour crunch. Everyone wants to get to the races and parties.
"Seems like the people who buy the booze or do the staging areas have some good parties," said Kent Waliser, Hydro Races Fan.
Getting to the action can be complicated. Many fans choose to ride their bikes or scooters for easier access.
It is not legal to ride a scooter after drinking, but police don't want you to mistake a bicycle as an alternative ride home if you have been drinking. You can't get a DUI for cycling while intoxicated but you can be arrested.
Washington State Patrol says the biggest problem they face is when the main entrace closes after the last race and people try to get picked up off the side of highway 240.
"We cannot and will not allow people to drive through the cones to be picked up at those main entrances," said Sgt. Zach Elmore, Washington State Patrol.
While you are preparing for this weekend's excitment the best plan is to have a designated driver amongst your group so you can exit the races safely without having to be picked up.