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Questionable arguments made by NET RMA for banning bikes

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The Tyler Biking Club is mulling over a new plan after being told they will not be allowed on Toll Road 49.

Last Thursday, North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority made the ruling against the Tyler Biking Club.

The club is now left with more than $60,000 that the club had raised for the stripping and signage to ride on Toll Road 49.

"I was disappointed with the decision in Texarkana," said John Adair, a cyclist who has contributed to the funds needed to ride on the toll road.

There were many arguments NET RMA used to ban cyclists from the toll road that seemed unclear.

On the Texas Department of Transportation website, they clearly state that "bicycles are vehicles, too."

"They stated that these roads were designed for vehicles, not bicycles, which implies a bicycle is not a vehicle. So they based a lot of their decisions on that aspect of cycling," said Adair.

Cyclists came prepared with studies proving cycling to be safer on limited access roads.

"We presented a study that was conducted by the Arizona Department of Transportation that showed that with ten years worth of collected data, there were no fatalities associated with the toll way," said Adair.

Now NET RMA is allowing TxDOT to manufacture signs to keep the cyclists off their roads.

They will now appear on Toll Road 49 between Highway 110 and 155 which is the stretch of highway the Tyler Biking Club had raised the $60,000 to ride.

The new plan for these cyclists is a potential separate path starting from US 69 to Old Jacksonville Highway along Toll Road 49.

The project will need a $30,000 environmental study to move forward with the project.

The biking club hopes through community support and surplus materials they can make it happen.

NET RMA will be meeting again in September to discuss penalties for any bicyclists they see on the toll road.

They are expecting the signs to be up later this week.

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