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Cyclists ask commissioners for bike lane support

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Members of Brigham City’s Bicycle Task Force asked Box Elder County Commissioners for their support in promoting cycling awareness and safety across the county.

The task force has been studying ways to make cycling more available and safer in the county and said they have found it to be a very complex issue.

“We’re committed and engaged to figuring out how motorists and cyclists can co-exist,” said David Heister, member of the task force.

The group asked commissioners to help promote cycling, be educated and help educate the public on cyclists rights on the road, promote safety and adopt a “complete streets” policy, which would make bicycle lanes on newly constructed streets a given unless there was a pressing concern as to why they shouldn’t be available on a road.

Commissioner Jay Hardy said cycling is an important hobby for many of his family members, and feels the need to promote it and protect cyclists is important.

“We need to make more cycling areas so we don’t have the conflict we do now (between motorists and cyclists),” he said. “There is an education that needs to take place on both sides.”

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