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What would be fun, though, is a 1500-rider "unorganized" event, doing the same thing. You know, legally riding a bicycle.
One of my emails to Craig Hardy:
Given the number of people involved, I'm going to assume the same requirements will be met for any softball tournament in Iowa County, any concert, etc, including Lands' End's yard sale.
It appears that someone with some political horsepower doesn't like healthy people in colorful outfits riding on his/her roads. Maybe it's the tight britches.
- Events would need to carry a $4M insurance policy. Certainly every softball tournament, concert, swim meet, trail ride, etc should have those, especially with all the fat drunks.
- Special events must notify all residents and businesses along the route via U.S. Postal service. Notices must contain the full route of the event including all start and stop locations. Every person who owns a residence where anyone from any concert, swim meet, softball tournament, etc would potentially park should be notified as well.
- Detailed event signage plan required for Iowa County government approval. Agreeable, safety concern. What cycling experts are working for the Iowa County government?
- Iowa County government reserves the right to cancel any event at their discretion. Too bad it can't go the other way. You know, citizens with rights canceling government.
- Iowa County government reserves the right to deny permits for event at their discretion. Be aware of discrimination. Treat every "event" the same.
- Lighting requirements more restrictive than WI DOT statutes. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? I forgot, this is Wisconsin, the government is the answer.
Did someone get sued? Blame the lawyers who seek out and generate the claims, not the cyclists. If a few cyclists are the problem, identify them and shoot 'em. Fine with me.
Can you tell us who the powerful are? We can then ask them not to patronize any of the establishments that benefit from the bicycle rides. Ask them to stay away from the hotels and motels in Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Barneveld, Ridgeway, Belmont. Ask them to stay away from the restaurants in Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Barneveld, Ridgeway, Belmont. Ask them not to shop at Land's End, Walmart, or call the Fire Departments in Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Ridgeway, and Barneveld. Ask them to keep their kids away from Dodgeville High School (the BEST rest stop ever is staffed by the cheerleaders). Ask them not to use Soldiers Memorial Park in Mineral Point, or Governor Dodge Park. Ask them not to buy gas in Iowa County.
Of course, all we can do is ask them not to be hypocritical. Telling them would be, of course, a government function.
Then again, hypocritical and goverment officials, that's kind of a circular reference wtihout end.
If the goal is to simply stop all the bicycling events, then go ahead and say it, and do it.
Quit with the smokescreen. Step up and claim the cause and origin, and make sure everyone knows.
Iowa County doesn't need the revenue, the exposure, or the goodwill, I'm sure.
I'll be sure to discourage anyone and everyone I know from going there.
There are other counties where the events can be held.
The mistake cyclists make is they advocate for cycling.
They leave their other agendas behind.
My 2012 trip to the Dairyland Dare cost me about $400, most of it spent in Mineral Point and Dodgeville.
My cancelled 2013 trip cost me about $240, all of it spent in Mineral Point and Dodgeville.
I can save the time and money by cycling in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, South Carolina, New York, Tennesse, George, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Colorado, Utah, the Dakotas, Minnesota. Florida's awful hot, as is Louisiana, and the other states, well, maybe Idaho. Maybe not Wisconsin, eh?
Oh, and we have the mountains here in NC, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and beaches, and barbeque.
I'd invite you down, but hey, it's largely unregulated, so you have to be careful.
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