"I will remind our staff of the rule as it applies to bicycles"
Says the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coordinator.
My recent little bit of bicycle advocacy:
I went for a ride at a nearby state park last weekend. Beautiful area with several paths which I enjoyed. As I was riding on the road within the park, an official in a pickup truck stopped me and said I needed to ride my bicycle on the path which winds through the park. I complied, and jumped on the path at the next opportunity. I ended up having to get back on the road in order to quickly exit the park, and fortunately didn't meet up with this official again.
A few days later, I sent the following email to the state park.
A few days later, I was pleasantly surprised when I received the following email from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coordinator.
Originally Posted by email to park
Yay! I plan to reply to Stacy tomorrow, thanking her for her attention to this matter.
Originally Posted by email from IDNR
Last edited by AlmostTrick; 10-18-13 at 09:09 PM.
So... you approached a public official in a manner that displayed an understanding of their working lives and made a polite request which was promptly answered in a similar polite and considerate tone.
You want to watch that, it could spread and then where would we be?
Had a vaguely similar incident. My wife and I often pass through a state park and pull off into the parking lot and walk over to a fountain refill our water bottles. There are a number of signs that say no bicycles , which of course we interpreted as meaning none in the park, not none in the parking lot. (a reasonable restriction for this park, IMO). A ranger pulled over and told us we had to leave. Having filled our bottles, we complied. I contacted the state parks department via email and they responded saying the ranger was wack and that they'd straighten him out. I don't know if they did, but we haven't been hassled since.
I have yet to experience such a civil exchange regarding my cycling rights. But then, over the last 6 years, there have been precious few infringements, either!
Thinking back, it was with some relish that I recall a newspaper article that seemed to get that ball rolling; gas prices were just BEGINNING to rise, and people were already riding bikes, scooters, buses, all to save gas money. The article printed out the city's AND the state's laws about riding in the streets, and it was almost immediately that I saw a change in the habits of drivers. Our pro-cycling mayor has built well ON that, too.
Literally, the number of BUZZES, honks, and shouts from drivers have reduced to 1/50 of what they were. And this is from a rider who rides 300+ days a year, regardless of the weather.