Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.

Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads

by CyclingTips

Representative Barry Usher, a Republican in the Montana House of Representatives, drafted a bill that would prohibit cyclists from rural two-lane highways that do not include shoulders, with his stated goal to avoid vehicle collisions. However, the draft law drew harsh criticism from cycling advocates who said they were never consulted. As a result the law is being re-drafted with public input.

The original draft said that a bicyclist “may not ride on a two-lane highway outside the boundaries of a municipality when there is no paved shoulder on which to ride.” Anyone who has been to Montana knows that is quite a large portion of the state, which is one of the biggest in the country.

There are 7,600 miles (12,231km) of paved, two-lane public roads without shoulders outside of city limits in Montana, and an additional 41,000 miles (65,983km) of unpaved, two-lane public roadways, Lynn Zanto, transportation planning division administrator for the Montana Department of Transportation, told The Missoulian.

“I’ve been approached by a lot of people,” Usher said. “There’s an issue of bike safety on a lot of roads, and it’s because of the ones without shoulders.”

“It’s a lot of roads,” Usher admitted. “Way more than I ever anticipated.”

Click through to read more at The Missoulian.