|Help needed - Rumble strips in Wyoming||moneyman|
May 21, 2001 3:08 PM
|While Wyoming is not the bike Mecca that Colorado is, it is important to those of us who live here. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is planning on adding rumble strips to the shoulders of several very popular cycling roads. These are not the small, annoying type that can be ridden, but rather the wide and deep wheel-breakers that render a road unrideable.
For the story from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, go to http://www.wyomingnews.com/story03-main.htm.
The relevant Wyoming State Statutes are as follows:
W.S. 31-5-702. General rights and duties of riders.
Every person propelling a vehicle by human power or riding a bicycle has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any vehicle under this act, except as to special regulations in this act and except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application. (Laws 1955, ch 225, § 74; C.S. 1945, § 60-674; W.S. 1957, § 31-164; Laws 1984, ch. 48, § 1.)
W.S. 31-5-704. Riding on roadways and designated paths.
(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
As you can see, cyclists have a great deal of freedom when it comes to riding on the road. But the proposed rumble strips will take these roads out of play entirely.
You can help by sending an Email or a letter to Sleeter Dover, the director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Sleeter Dover, Director
Wyoming Director of Transportation
5300 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82009
His Email is:
Sleeter is a very good man and is willing to listen to a reasoned, intelligent discussion. Please do not send nasty or threatening letters.
In addition, a letter or email to the governor would be helpful as well. His address:
Gov. Jim Geringer
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Email at: email@example.com
Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Matt "moneyman" Potter