Bicyclists warned to stay away from NW North Dakota
Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:04 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. — Touring bicyclists wanting to retrace the journey of explorers Lewis and Clark or pedal through the northern tier of the U.S. are being warned to steer clear of northwest North Dakota because of heavy oil traffic.
The Adventure Cycling Association says it's re-mapping the popular bike routes due to "alarming reports" about risky riding conditions through North Dakota's booming oil patch.
Cartographer Jennifer Milyko says roads through North Dakota's oil patch are now among the most dangerous of the group's 40,000-mile route network in the U.S.
Milyko says new maps are due in May to reflect the change. She says it's the biggest such amendment to U.S. routes in the nonprofit's 39-year history.
Too bad because it's the most interesting geography in the state. State and local police services have not been able to keep up with hiring officers; truck inspection officers can't keep up with
the increased number of vehicles, and they are finding many trucks failing inspection; and emergency services that were marginal before are now very inadequate and overworked.
A biker is better off than a bicyclist in some respects, but it will not be a relaxing ride with large trucks filling the roads up there. If you were looking at a ride on Hwy 2 or Hwy 200, it may be
better to take I-94 from Bismarck to well into Montana before finding a state highway to switch to.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:39 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:41 PM
It has only gotten worse since then. While it has been great for our economy, the west side of the state has been in some ways devastated.
Others may have brought this up also, so I do not know if anyone actually did a ride to report back to us on.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:06 AM
Then when it rained everything turned into a muddy mess.
Got hit in the hand with a marble size rock that came off a construction truck. Even with the gloves it hurt like heck.
It was kind of interesting to see all the oil wells and construction going on.
But I'd take a different route if I was going to go that way again.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:52 AM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:20 AM
I wish I could say I was surprised that truckers are tossing urine jugs or as we call them in the Marines "Thunder Jugs" out the window, but sadly I am not. People don't have respect for anything these days.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:21 AM
Drill baby drill...I need that fuel for my feej!
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:10 AM