Bicyclists Want Safer Roads 8/30/13
August 30, 2013
"There are certain roads that we won't ride on anymore," said Teresa Newman, a biking enthusiast.
Safety for any rider anywhere is important, but here in the Basin, with traffic dangers increasing, safety takes even more of a priority.
"Most of us wear mirrors on our helmets so we can see behind us," Newman said.
A few mornings every week these riders hit the highways for rides that can go over 70 miles.
This morning they took the 191 Service Road from Midland to Odessa and back. Some of the road was quiet, but at certain points, traffic builds up creating dangerous situations.
"We have to be on the offensive and have our heads on a swivel," she said.
The Permian Basin Bicycle Association, who the riders are a part of, recently met with TXDOT to discuss how to make the roads safer.
"Traffic has increased considerably around here and with that we've lost a lot of good places to ride," said David Ham, who has met with TXDOT along with other association members.
TXDOT says they are looking at building wider shoulder on new projects.
"We want them to have a safe place on the shoulders to exercise and ride their bikes"
Each day these riders take off they know the risk. But, they hope drivers will help share the road.
TXDOT Spokesman, Gene Powell, says they are always looking for ways to make the roads safer. However, that doesn’t mean drivers will follow the rules. He encourages cyclists to take extra precaution when going for rides.