Police: Santa Cruz Bicycle Protest Ride Turns Hostile

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a protest by Santa Cruz cyclists turned hostile after a rider collided with a motorist during a ride to remind drivers to share the road.

Santa Cruz police Lt. Rick Martinez said about 100 bicyclists swarmed the streets near the city's waterfront around 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Police said a 20-year-old Santa Cruz woman suffered minor injuries when she came out from between two parked cars on her bicycle and into the path of an oncoming car.

Paramedics checking on the woman called in police as heated arguments erupted between cyclists and motorists and another driver's rear window was smashed.

Three cyclists have died in collisions with vehicles on Santa Cruz streets in the past 10 months.

Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-11-08 1521EDT

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