Oppose Rumble Strips on NYS Secondary Highways
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It has come to our attention that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) has proposed a policy in favor of adding rumble strips to most NYS highways, including secondary highways. We consider rumble strips a hazard for bicyclists and motorcyclists. Rumble strips are difficult and dangerous to maneuver on, and can limit options for avoiding other hazards such as automobile traffic or shoulder debris. This will be a bad policy for all roads, especially ones that have been designated as bicycle routes. We oppose this policy, and would like to see it eliminated. We are similarly opposed to the use of various so-called "soft shoulder" technologies (a.k.a. "crumble shoulders"). Please keep NYS highways and highway shoulders smooth, hard, and free of hazards.
We also urge the NYS DOT to work with local cycling clubs in the state, and to include input from them in formulating any replacement policy.
The sponsor is M Ferro, an avid bicyclist who believes that shoulder rumble strips represent a hazard to bicycling in NYS. Since there is little or no reliable objective data available on this, cyclists' opinions represent the best available input and the best-informed opinions, since they are grounded in the experience of cycling and hazard avoidance. He also hopes that signers will include comments if they have experience with rumble strips, to lend support to the foundation of their opinions. Thank you!
CLARIFYING ADDENDUM (added 11/15/2009 at 5:20PM EST, after 51 signatures). Our statement is not meant to imply that we are opposed to rumble strips on interstate-style limited access highways, where bicycling is prohibited. This petition means to make no statement about policy for such interstate-style limited access highways.