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Tell the Senate: Bikes Belong on the Road!

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Tell the Senate bicyclists should have the freedom to choose the sidepath or roadway in Rock Creek Park. Photo Credit: MV Jantzen

For decades, cyclists have cherished their beautiful morning commutes and family bike rides through Rock Creek Park. Both the road and trail through the park provide two options for different types of cyclists.  Children and adults, less experienced riders, and those looking for a gentle and slow ride, all enjoy the multi-use path (which is in need of much improvement: read more here).  The roadway provides a space for bicyclists to travel faster (above 15 mph) to achieve a solid workout or arrive at their destination more quickly.  If the Senate passes the current draft transportation authorization bill in its current form, all bicyclists will be REQUIRED to use the Rock Creek Trail and all other sidepaths (within 100 yards) on Federal land roads with speed limits over 30 mph.

This is bad policy! Sign the petition, make your voice heard.

From the League of American Bicyclists:

“The draft of the Senate’s transportation authorization bill, S. 1813 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, includes language that would introduce a mandatory sidepath law on roads in our National Parks and other Federal lands. It requires cyclists on Federal lands to use a path or trail, instead of roads, if the speed limit is over 30 MPH and a trail exists within 100 yards, regardless of its condition or utility of the path. The provision sets a terrible precedent. Passing it would send the wrong message to transportation agencies that these policies are acceptable. Laws like this have been taken off the books in states over the past 30 years. This takes us in the wrong direction.”

Take a minute and sign the petition now to tell the Senate to remove the provision requiring bikes to use sidepaths!

District of Columbia Residents: Please note this petition is targeted at the entire Senate and not Senator specific.  Please sign!

3 comments
Joel
Joel

“The draft of the Senate’s transportation authorization bill, S. 1813 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, includes language that would introduce a mandatory sidepath law on roads in our National Parks and other Federal lands. It requires cyclists on Federal lands to use a path or trail, instead of roads, if the speed limit is over 30 MPH and a trail exists within 100 yards, regardless of its condition or utility of the path. The provision sets a terrible precedent. Passing it would send the wrong message to transportation agencies that these policies are acceptable. Laws like this have been taken off the books in states over the past 30 years. This takes us in the wrong direction. I am frequently cycling over 20mph and faster. Continue to allow the cyclist the safe choice on using the roads so as not to impede pedestrian and other path or trail traffic.

Paul
Paul

As a newbie cyclists, the first time I rode in Rock Creek Park I tried to stick to the trail. I very quickly learned that the trail is not suitable for bikes. There are ruts and broken pavement that aren't really a problem for pedestrians, but are horribly unsafe for bicycles. And that's not even counting the nasty looks I got from pedestrians who really didn't want me invading their space when there were perfectly good roads right next to the trail. Now that I'm much experienced and routinely travel faster than 20mph, it would be insane for me to be on those trails. In every other part of life we're told to stay off the sidewalks because it's unsafe for the pedestrians. We're told we have the same rights and responsibilities as cars. Why should this be different?

sarah graddy
sarah graddy

Hi, I use the road in Rock Creek Park all the time as a cyclist. The trail is way too narrow, muddy, bumpy, and crowded for us cyclists to use, especially on the weekend. Please do not pass this ridiculous law. Thanks, sarah

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