01.04 Adventure Cycling opposes plans for mega-load shipments that would harm unique cycling routes
- Posted by Trish Weber
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Everyone who lives in or travels along the Clearwater-Lochsa river corridor knows that hundreds/thousands of bicyclists travel scenic U.S. Highway 12 each year. Today the nationwide organization - the Adventure Cycling Association—whose mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel and explore by bicycle, joined dozens of other organizations opposing the megaloads.
Adventure Cycling Association is the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with nearly 45,000 members. A nonprofit organization, its mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. It produces routes and maps for cycling in North America, organizes more than 48 tours annually, and publishes the best bicycle-travel information anywhere, including Adventure Cyclist magazine and The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages online.
Per their press release dated 4 January 2011:
The Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association — the largest cycling membership group in North America and headquartered in Missoula, Montana — has voted to oppose the planned mega-load shipments of oil industry equipment on rural highways in Idaho and Montana. These highways — including Highway 12 in Idaho and Montana and Highway 200 in Montana — are part of Adventure Cycling’s most iconic bicycle routes, including the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail, and the Great Parks North Bicycle Route.
Adventure Cycling is especially concerned about the impact of the planned mega-load shipments on the rural character of these highway corridors and on the riding experience for cyclists on roads and associated facilities that will be drastically changed to accommodate the mega-loads. Adventure Cycling has also raised concerns about the mega-loads’ threat to the sustainable tourism and travel economy that is emerging and growing along these highway corridors.
Before taking its position to oppose, Adventure Cycling submitted comments in May 2010 to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), asking for a more rigorous federal environmental impact study of the proposed mega-load shipments.
Read more at Adventure Cycle’s blog
Let’s all give a big AATH-Nation PROPS shout-out to Adventure Cycle for formally joining us in the fight.