Something we've been keeping our eyes on over in Wisconsin.
Iowa County transportation officials this week put the wheels in
motion to regulate bicycle and other events on the roads in what has
become a nationally acclaimed rural bicycling mecca.
regulation to contain the event organizers so that they all perform to
the same level or standard, and right now they don’t. For some events we
get no contact whatsoever,” said Craig Hardy, Iowa County highway
commissioner, who said a new law ideally would be in place by spring
“Law enforcement has limited staff at times, and emergency
responders are volunteer and there can be 200 or 300 or more bicyclists
involved for hours. That’s not a good situation,” he said.
advocates agreed to some of the proposed rules but protest what they
see as unreasonable, unnecessary and expensive requirements.
an event doesn’t close the roads to public use, then there is no
necessity for an ordinance,” said Tom Klein, Dane County director for
the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, who attended a Monday meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance.
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