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From: "BCM" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2000 7:23 AM
Subject: Website & Rumble Strips


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> Advocating bicycling safety, education, and access in Maine, the Bicycle
> Coalition of Maine is working to make Maine accessible and safe for all
> residents and visitors so they may comfortably and responsibly bicycle.
> The BCM also promotes bicycling for transportation, health, recreation,
> and fun to enhance our communities, environment, and economy.
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>
> Dear Maine Bicyclists,
>
> We are very proud to present you with a new and improved BikeMaine
> website.  This website of the BCM has just been dramatically overhauled,
> updated, and expanded.  There are now dozens of pages with a calendar of
> events, updates on progress being made, links to business members &
> clubs, and much much more. The address is www.BikeMaine.org -- we hope
> you will check it out and forward this info along to your friends.  As is
> always the case, we encourage your feedback and suggestions for how we
> can improve the website.
>
> Below is also some important information from our national affiliate, the
> League of American Bicyclists, regarding rumble strips.  The good news is
> that Maine's policy is to only put rumble strips on the interstate, but
> most of us do venture out of our great state from time to time and below
> are some steps you can take to help ensure that other parts of America
> are not made more difficult for bicycling.
> ________________
> CALENDER
>
> 1/25 - 7pm  Downeast Trail Hearing in the Ellsworth City Hall.  For more
> info contact John Balicki at [log in to unmask]
>
> 1/26 - 10am  Downeast Trail Hearing in Cherryfield at the Downeast RC&D.
> For more info contact John Balicki at [log in to unmask]
>
> 1/26 - 6-8pm  RTAC 4 Bike Subcommittee Organizing Meeting at KVCOG.  For
> information contact John Balicki at 287-6600 or [log in to unmask]
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>
> ACTION ALERT
>
> BICYCLING ON AMERICA'S ROADS IS FACING AN INCREASING DANGER!
>
> THE LEAGUE NEEDS YOUR HELP TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS TO THE ROAD
>
> THE PROBLEM
>
> Rumble strips are increasingly being installed on roads around the
> country, including  rural roads and bicycle routes frequently used by
> cyclists.  Rumble strips are gouges ground into the shoulders of roads,
> of various widths and depths, designed to arouse sleepy drivers.
>
> While these strips may reduce the frequency of run-off-the-road accidents
> for motorists, they are an increasing safety hazard for cyclists and are
> depriving cyclists of roads and shoulders they need and want to ride on.
> Shoulders with rumble strips are often unridable, forcing cyclists out
> into traffic, and the strips frequently appear with no warning to the
> cyclist coming downhill or around a bend.  A number of cyclists have
> already been injured, some seriously, and an increasing number of roads
> frequented by cyclists are becoming dangerous or unpleasant to ride on.
>
> Within the past few years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has
> started aggressively pushing states to install rumble strips on their
> roads.  The type and design -- how deep, how much of the shoulder to take
> up, which roads to install them on -- is left up to each state. Some
> states? designs and applications create less of a danger for cyclists
> than others.
>
> While we recognize that rumble strips can be an important safety device
> for motorists, it is also important to develop a design standard for
> strips that do not injure or kill cyclists. In addition, rumble strips
> should be installed only in places where they are needed -- and not in
> places where there is little or no run-off-the-road crash problem.
>
> Although there has been research done on the effect of rumble strips on
> motorists, there has been very little research on the impact on cyclists.
>  We believe that the FHWA should stop promoting the installation of
> rumble strips on roads that cyclists use until further research has been
> done, and until a design standard that is good for both motorists and
> cyclists has been developed.
>
>
> WHAT YOU CAN DO
>
> The League of American Bicyclists has been actively working on this
> problem, meeting with the head of the FHWA and Congressional leaders, and
> working with FHWA staff to encourage further research and a safer design
> standard for cyclists.  But we need your help and backing to strengthen
> our efforts.
>
> Please write a letter (not e-mail) TODAY to the Federal Highway
> Administrator, with a copy to Congressman James L. Oberstar, ranking
> member of the Transportation Committee, who is assisting the League with
> our efforts.
>
> Your letter can be brief, but personal letters are more effective than
> form letters.  If possible, include reasons you are concerned, your
> background in cycling, and any problems you have encountered with rumble
> strips.  Be sure to include your address so that you get a reply.
>
> Please urge the FHWA to:
>
> 1. Conduct research on a design standard for rumble strips that is
> bicycle-friendly
> 2. Limit installation to interstates until a bicycle-friendly design is
> developed
>
> Send a copy of your letter to the League, and we will make sure that it
> is circulated to other key people at FHWA and in Congress.  If possible,
> send copies to your own Senators and member of Congress.
>
> Addresses are as follows:
>
> Kenneth R. Wykle
> Administrator, FHWA
> 400 7th Street SW
> Washington, DC 20590
>
> Congressman James L. Oberstar
> 2366 Rayburn
> US House of Representatives
> Washington, DC 20515
>
> League of American Bicyclists
> 1612 K St. NW #401
> Washington, DC 20006
>
> Thank you for your help and support.  We will keep you informed about the
> progress of the campaign, and the results of our efforts.  We know that
> when you enjoy smooth, rumble-strip-free shoulders and great bicycle
> rides, you will be happy you took a few minutes to write these letters!
>
> PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES
>
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> encourage other bicyclists you know to join the BCM if they haven't done
> so already.  If you have comments or submissions for the BCM e-mail
> updates or wish to stop receiving them, please contact us at
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>
> Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director
> Bicycle Coalition of Maine
> P.O. Box 5275
> Augusta, ME 04332
> (207) 288-3028
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> http://www.BikeMaine.org/
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