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Short, concise and exactly correct. If one thinks back to this vote it is one more example of an uneducated public voting on the "scare tactics" put up by said private corporation. It never even occurred to me or fellow "thinking" voters that this could possibly pass. After all who in their right mind votes to punish themselves in a down economy by agreeing to pay more taxes to benefit a private corporation. Any hope I had for the local voting public went out the window with this vote . . . . . .
It is nice to know we have an advocate in the taxpayers corner!!
Chuck, Chris, CHUCK---A good man and by far the best choice as our representative!!
I miss Ski Town USA when we had a passionate, devoted yet friendly bike town in the "off season." I miss seeing elk on Emerald mountain, in fact I miss hiking on Emerald mountain without getting yelled at to get off the trails. I miss Steamboat . . . . . (there must be a song in here somewhere. LOL)
Cow/elk/dogs/porcupines---seen them all on 129--have always been able to stop in time to not hit them. I am a slow driver which is why impatient drivers pass me on 129--or honk. However killing a cow means I might have to pay for the cow--hitting a bike unintentionally means I may go to jail and lose my lifes savings/work--even if I was following the letter of the law on the roadway. Your comment is comparing apples to oranges!!
And once again Pat and Matt--
Attacking drivers is your answer instead of coming up with safe alternatives to problem roads.
I stand by my assertion that 129 does not handle drivers and bikers safely.
Maybe a "usage/licensing tax" should be assessed all bikers and put into a savings account like dave mentioned above to create a safe shoulder/bike path to 129. Was 129 designed/built to handle bikes, cars, motorhomes pulling boats, agricultural vehicles safely? Many roads in this county have been redesigned/widened to handle bikes and vehicles safely but 129 is not one of them. I find it astounding the attitude of some bikers that their rights exceed all others. My comments are specifically related to being proactive about safety before there are deaths on 129. Maybe not a biker, but a motorist swerving to avoid one around a blind curve and rolling their car. Speed is not the issue on 129 as much as the narrowness of the road.
Sorry, Pat, totally disagree with your assessment on 129 in particular. Cyclists have many options where to do their "pleasure ride." If you are a 5th generation rancher/farmer who has hay/cattle to get to market their use of this road takes priority--what road options do they have to make their livelihood? I am just willing to voice what so many feel but think it is "politically incorrect" to say out loud!! Perhaps prohibiting cyclists certain times of the year or days of the week on this road is the answer until shoulders can be built---which I doubt will happen in a lifetime.
Sorry for your losses. . . The law is being violated on both sides of the ledger. 25 pound bikes have to use extra care when sharing the road with 3,000 to 5,000 pound vehicles. In this county the road that scares me the most is 129 where blind curves and no shoulders almost make it impossible for a biker. . . . yet there are many of them every day. If a hay truck comes around a corner doing the speed limit in his lane runs across bikers two abreast that have ear phones on and God forbid the worst happens, is the hay hauler to blame???? I really feel that some roads should have exclusions against bikers for fear of this exact scenario.
Trying to defend cyclist "bad behavior" by citing drivers "at fault" is not a good strategy. Did you read this summer about the cyclist in Boulder flying down Flagstaff Road (steep and windy) in Boulder who veered in to the other lane around a blind corner and was hit and killed by an uphill driver who was obeying the law? The driver was not cited . . . . just sayin'. Why would some cyclists continue to disobey stopping where signs are clearly posted unless they have a "death wish"? Who in their right mind flies thru stop signs and red lights (happened to me this a.m. unless they plan on eventually being taken out of the gene pool.
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