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Three Bicyclists Crash in One Hour on Glacier’s Sun Road

At least one biker was taken to an area hospital on Saturday after crashing near The Loop

Three bicyclists crashed on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road on Saturday afternoon within the span of an hour.

Glacier Park spokesperson Lauren Alley said two of the bicyclists who crashed on the Sun Road declined medical attention and were ferried back to their vehicles by park rangers. Three Rivers Ambulance transported a third bicyclist, who reportedly crashed about two miles above The Loop, to an area hospital. The extent of the bicyclist’s injuries was unknown.

Alley said park officials are keeping a close eye on bicycle accidents on the Sun Road this spring, especially as more and more people ride the road before it opens to vehicle traffic. Alley advised bikers to watch for rocks, pay attention to speed, watch out for other bikers and pedestrians, and to always wear a helmet.

Before the Sun Road is open to vehicle traffic, bikers and hikers can access parts of the route. During the week, while plow crews are working, hiker and biker access is allowed from Avalanche to The Loop. On the weekend and days when the plow crews are not working, bikers can go as far as their legs will take them. Bikers and hikers are encouraged to prepare for a trip on the Sun Road just like they would any other trail by bringing food, water and bear spray. People are also encouraged to be aware of animals and avalanche paths.

As of this week, west side plow crews were working the Rimrock area just below Logan Pass, 31 miles east of West Glacier. The east side crews were working at the East Side Tunnel, a few miles below Logan Pass.

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