Classy. The link is acting odd (Update: here a better one courtesy of Eric), but here's the gist. Eight cyclists involved in the annual Bike MS: Beyond the Beltway ride were given tickets for rolling through stop signs in the Lovettsville and Purcellville area.
Loudoun Sheriff Stephen Simpson said this was because of two cyclists killed in the Loudoun area in the summer of 2005 and that rolling through a stop sign can have the same consequences as doing so in a car. Which is like saying having a dog sit on your lap can have the same consequence as having an elephant sit on your lap.
While it is true that those two deaths apparently involved cyclists running stop signs, they were both on the W&OD trail and neither was a rolling stop. And, hey, nice job on the rapid response.
I suspect this was more about the crowding and less about the safety. Next year I suggest the MS riders ride single file in the center of the lane and take turns stopping (foot down, looking both directions...one Mississippi, two Mississippi) at every single stop sign.
Update: Ironically, I've been told a cyclist was hit during the ride (the rider is fine) by a driver who failed to give enough room while passing.