Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Pat McGaughran takes an early evening ride Tuesday along Routt County Road 14.  About $1,500 soon will be spent on a public education campaign to encourage respect among drivers, bicyclists and other users of county roads.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Pat McGaughran takes an early evening ride Tuesday along Routt County Road 14. About $1,500 soon will be spent on a public education campaign to encourage respect among drivers, bicyclists and other users of county roads.

Routt County group plans road education effort

‘Share the road’ signs set to debut in ranch country

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— If you find yourself traveling through Pleasant Valley on Routt County Road 18 this summer, there’s a good chance you’ll spy a bright green banner urging you to share the road. Don’t be surprised if the banner is attached to a large round bale of hay or a barbed wire fence.

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a request from the Routt County Multi Modal Road Use Advisory Board to spend about $1,500 on a public education campaign intended to foster mutual respect among a variety of people who use county roads — from ranchers moving livestock, to construction trucks and bicyclists. They’ll print posters, bumper stickers, bicycle helmet stickers and 10 large vinyl signs to help get the point across.

Pleasant Valley rancher Bill Gay, a member of the committee, has promised to hang one of the banners from a hay bale or fence line, fellow committee member Steve Williams said.

The Multi Modal Road Use Advisory Board was created to research issues and provide recommendations to the commissioners about transportation issues including signage, parking, road striping, and road maintenance and brooming policies.

“We thought an educational campaign would be one of the least expensive things we could do, and make a good start for our group,” board member Derek Hodson said.

All of the printed pieces being contemplated by the board feature a diamond-shaped logo with images of cattle, a runner, an automobile and a cyclist grouped around the bolded words “Share the road.”

The bumper stickers, signs and posters designed for window display also urge all residents and visitors to obey all laws, signs and traffic signals, no matter what form of transportation or recreation they are using.

The commissioners made certain in October 2009, when they voted to create the board, that its membership would have broad representation. They specified that four representatives would be from north, west and south Routt, as well as from Steamboat.

They also required that six more members of the board be representatives of agriculture, cycling, construction and trucking industries, a bicycle company and, finally, someone representing pedestrians and runners. Hodson is the designated bike shop employee on the board.

The group was formed about two months after a new Colorado bicycle safety law went into effect in August 2009.

The law requires drivers to give cyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing them and allows motorists to cross the centerline to accomplish that.

It also requires cyclists to ride as far to the right as they can and still be safe.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Paul Draper said Monday that he’s pleased at the diversity of the board’s makeup and the cooperative spirit of its meetings.

“We’ve had positive buy-in from everyone involved,” Williams said.

Board member Lisa Barbour said members of the public can learn more about the board’s activities and view the new “Share the Road” logos at the Spring Bike Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Olympian Hall.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

1999 4 years, 7 months ago

Great Idea...it seems to me ignorance is the root of most conflicts

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fartpark 4 years, 7 months ago

No, the Tour de Francers that ride 2, 3, 4 abreast is the root of most conflicts.

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John Fielding 4 years, 7 months ago

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Yes, and a very nice new logo George. His mortal enemy, King George, declared him the greatest man on earth when he passed the presidency to Adams.

Does the banner behind him suggest legalization of rebellion to oppressive government?

It is supposed to be our right and duty, but recent remarks from high Federal officials calling remarks by Sarah Palin and Glen Beck as borderline sedition make one wonder.

Does it need to be a law that you give a 3 foot leeway to a biker? There are laws enough about threatening and endangerment. And we often pass oncoming or parallel auto traffic closer than that.

Does there have to be a law to keep to the right as much as you can? There are laws already against obstructing traffic. And as far as you can and still be safe is a little subjective.

I support the principal and the practice but we have too many laws.

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