If you gotta go
What: Routt County Commissioners consider allowing cycling group to place portable toilet, picnic table in public right-of-way along busy bike route
When: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday
Where: Commissioners Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs Public restrooms are hard enough to find in downtown Steamboat Springs, but they are nearly impossible to locate along many of Routt County’s most popular road-cycling routes.
Now, Routt County Riders has a plan to remedy that situation on Twentymile Road at the intersection of Routt County Roads 33 and 27 southwest of Steamboat. The Routt County commissioners are set to consider Tuesday whether or not to allow Routt County Riders, a cycling advocacy group, to install and maintain a picnic table, trash can and portable toilet, all open to the public, at the rural intersection.
The connection from C.R. 33 to C.R. 27 offers a great out-and-back ride through rolling ranch land, or cyclists can pedal all of the way along the back road to Oak Creek and return to Steamboat via Colorado Highway 131.
“It will be safe for cars to pull up and park there?” commission Chairman Tim Corrigan asked.
“Yes,” Road and Bridge Director Janet Hruby said.
“People will be able to drive right up to it?” Corrigan asked.
“Yes,” County Manager Tom Sullivan said.
In addition to the table and toilet, the cycling organization also seeks the option to install informational signs describing nearby geology, area attractions or possibly nearby coal-mining activity.
Routt County Riders has worked with the county’s multi-modal transportation advisory committee to, “identify safety and service improvements that will benefit road users and facilitate the Share the Road message,” according to a memo delivered to the commissioners by Hruby. The project is “one improvement identified to help provide a rest area for cyclists and other road users.”
Hruby went on to say that the county normally does not permit private improvements to be installed within the public road right-of-way. However, she told the county commissioners Monday that the picnic table and portable toilet won’t be in the actual driving right-of-way but located on a small paved parcel that marks the former route of the county road.
The county will install a “rest area” sign along the roadway, Hruby said.
The terms of an agreement with the county would require Routt County Riders to remove the facilities for the winter. They could install the toilet and picnic table no sooner than June 1 every year and would be required to remove it before Nov. 1.
The cycling club also would be required to carry a minimum of $1 million in liability insurance naming Routt County as an additional insured (entity) on the policy.
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Routt County Riders seeks to add picnic tables at crossroads