By Richard Handler, TE Member
Members of Team Evergreen are always quick to intervene and mitigate motorist/bicycle tension. In this case, our members were responsible for the addition of new Share the Road signs. On group rides of Fall River Road (“St. Mary’s Glacier”) in May and again in June, riders were harassed by locals claiming bicycles to be prohibited. They referred to a sign. Indeed 2 ½ miles up the canyon from I-70, on the right, there is a brown U.S. Forest Service sign MOTOR VEHICLES ONLY PERMITTED ON NUMBERED ROADS AND TRAILS.
The intent of the sign is to keep off-road trucks, jeeps and ATVs from damaging foot trails and private property. Seems there are people lacking comprehension of syntax in their native English, who drive past this sign daily, and interpret it as “only motor vehicles permitted on numbered roads”. The second less than friendly encounter resulted in report of the motorist to the Colorado State Police and a discussion with the desk officer who endorsed suggestion of “Share the Road” signs.
Communication with Karl Schell, of Clear Creek County roads and bridges office resulted in the acquisition and installation of Share the Road signs, one near bottom of Fall River Road facing uphill traffic, and a second near Alice facing downhill traffic.
Support came from Bicycle Colorado and from individuals. Mr. Schell’s enthusiasm facilitated quick action, and took only several weeks to install the signs. An August TE ride on Fall River Road was without any such incidents.
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