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Old 06-10-16, 08:36 PM
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Interstate riding?

Can you ride on the interstates in California, Arizonia, New Mexico and Texas?

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Old 06-11-16, 08:18 PM
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The general rule for riding on the interstates out here is that you can only ride on the shoulder if there are no viable alternatives. Obviously these stretches will be in the rural areas; in California this will be along I-10 east of Indio, I-15 north of Barstow, I-40 east of Ludlow, I-8 way east of San Diego. In the other western states the approved stretches will be in similar remote areas.

I've done it, pretty much hated every minute, and couldn't wait to get off the interstate. The noise is bad, there's often a lot of debris waiting to attack your tires. I've never had any problems with vehicles and in fact the trucks are usually the most polite.

I suppose it's similar to driving on the interstate...I'd rather not but it achieves a purpose.
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Old 06-11-16, 08:41 PM
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I've legally ridden on quite a few sections of interstate highways in California (I-680, I-580, I-5, freeway sections of 101 & 24) and some in Arizona (I-8 and I-10). Although most of the legal sections are where there are no alternates this isn't always the case. We had a club ride down I-5 from the SF Bay area down to the LA area (Tracy - Santa Clarita) that was all bike legal even though there are lots of alternates. I-5 is also bike legal where it goes through the Pendleton Marine Base. In California the rule is that you can ride on freeway shoulders unless there's a sign on the on-ramp that prohibits bicycles (which many do).

It does have some drawbacks - noisy, lots of tire debris including little wire cord shreds that can cause flat bike tires, and lack of nearby scenery makes it feel slower than it really is. OTOH, it's frequently the fastest, most direct route from A to B and with the most moderate grades. Passing truck traffic also provides an effective tailwind boost.
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thanks for the responses...I am planning on riding across the US next year...Can you ride on US Interstate 40 in NM? How hilly is that...going from Albuquerque to Amarillo?
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Originally Posted by mdadams1 View Post
thanks for the responses...I am planning on riding across the US next year...Can you ride on US Interstate 40 in NM? How hilly is that...going from Albuquerque to Amarillo?
Take US60 instead.
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