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Old 05-17-13, 09:13 AM
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Town near popular cycling spot considering banning non-residents

this has all the elements of an A&S soap opera. Affluent town near prime cyclings spot considering banning non resident cyclist and drivers (all roads are private so this is a legal possibility). Only public road dangerous, no money to fix. Blame on volume of cyclists showing rude behavior (blowing stops signs, riding 2-3 abreast blocking traffic.

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What I'm not understanding is by that sign in the article I would take it to mean that the Sheriff is patrolling the private roads as they would public ones.. am I mistaken or don't these people need to hire security guards?!?!?!
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I guess they have the right to make it a Gated Community. There are plenty of private communities who have banned motorcycles, big trailers, RV's etc... IMHO, it's the wrong way to go as a first resort. I would start with some traffic enforcement and reaching out to the cycling community and ask everyone to respect their roads and to behave while "trespassing".
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport
What I'm not understanding is by that sign in the article I would take it to mean that the Sheriff is patrolling the private roads as they would public ones.. am I mistaken or don't these people need to hire security guards?!?!?!
I think that as an un incorporated area, the local sherriff is resonsible for Law enforcement. private roads mean that they are not open to the public and are not maintained with taxes, I don't know where this would fit legally in terms of using LEO. it is possible the residents pay a levy of some sort for services
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There are lots of ways of dealing with this other than an outright ban but the talk of a ban is what makes American great as citizens with resources are increasingly finding ways to cut themselves off from their fellow Americans.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
I think that as an un incorporated area, the local sherriff is resonsible for Law enforcement. private roads mean that they are not open to the public and are not maintained with taxes, I don't know where this would fit legally in terms of using LEO. it is possible the residents pay a levy of some sort for services
This is an interesting article and I can only wonder how accurate it is and if it applies to this case. https://www.thebicyclesite.com/tbsblog/?p=126
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There are lots of ways of dealing with this other than an outright ban but the talk of a ban is what makes American great as citizens with resources are increasingly finding ways to cut themselves off from their fellow Americans.
Agreed. I have relatives in Florida, and I see a lot of gated communities. Not terribly cycling friendly despite good weather for most of the year. Too bad, because given how flat it is there, and the weather, Central Florida should be some sort of cycling mecca, but isn't. Cyclists get funneled into the main traffic arteries. I feel fortunate to live in a state where virtually all roadways are open to cyclists. Just wish it wasn't so cold here 7 months out of the year.
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Perception trumps reality in most cases. If indeed there is a problem with cyclists in this community, wouldn't you expect more objective details. There are way more cars blowing stops than bikes where I live, but most would react way more viscerally to someone describing seeing a single cyclist roll through a stop.

Hoping to avert the ban, Knowles is asking rude cyclists to shape up and "recognize they are guests" traveling through Diablo.
Sounds like a reasonable approach.

How 'bout this: Residents pony up some cash to make improvements to the public road.
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A local club here at least used to have a route that went through a gated community. Went in through the back entrance that had a car destroyer. A thing in the middle of the road that would pop up if you did not have a card (also railroad crossing gates, so no innocents could get nailed).

We never had any issues. BUT we always rode even a little more politely than usual.

In areas that get a lot of riders it does not take a large percentage of jerks to get people upset. Even more if there are a lot of riders every weekend when the weather is nice.
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