NY cyclists sue over rumble strip row

Riders were thrown by highway safety measures

by Tom Henry   June 16, 2009  

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A group of New York cyclists have sued the state for installing rumble strips into a four-mile stretch of road that were designed to protect them.

The stretch of Route 100 in Yorktown and Somers is a favourite stretch of road for cyclists, so NY state Department of Transportation installed the strips to protect them and joggers.

However, the Westchester Cycle Club argues that they were a misguided measure that actually forces people pedalling along the road into traffic on the stretch between routes 118 and 35.

"Before installation of the rumble strips, there was no problem with cars and bikes," Dave Wilson, president of the club, said. "It was one of the best places to ride in the county."

Cyclist Richard Wilt, a New York City police sergeant who lives off Route 100 in Yorktown, said he tumbled off his bike when he struck the rumble strip.

Riding the same stretch he'd pedalled without incident for 22 years, Wilt said he fell when striking the strip about a year ago.

"I did a 360 over the handlebars, going three miles an hour, and ended up in the emergency room overnight," he said. Two teeth needed work - one was chipped and the other descended partially from the gum. His lip was also split. He hasn't ridden a bicycle since.

Several days ago, the club filed its lawsuit against the DOT in state Supreme Court in White Plains.

A DOT spokeswoman said the agency does not comment on pending litigation. In the past, she said the strips were cut to protect activities taking place along the road, including the cycling.

She said then that DOT officials stationed along the road had seen a lot of high-risk driving, including motorists using the shoulders as passing lanes.

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I can relate - the green coating and red coating in the bus and cycle lanes we're expected to use is far rougher and badly laid with all sorts of ridges etc. On a road bike you really notice this.

Pretty much everyone other than the novices in their flapping high vis jackets on my commute rides on the smoother road, defeating the whole object of these so called "improvements".

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17th June 2009 - 10:35

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surely if you've got a dagger-toothed headless horseman to contend with on your patch, the odd bit of rumble strip is the least of your worries?

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17th June 2009 - 10:41

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"dagger-toothed headless horseman"

I'd hate to see where he keeps his teeth...

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17th June 2009 - 10:56

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