Txdot tweet 4 1 2020
How does TxDOT celebrate Bike Month?

By telling people who ride bikes that they don't belong on Trans Mountain route, a popular and designated bike route.

On Friday, May 1st, TxDOT El Paso posted on twitter that "Bicyclists who ride Transmountain[sic] need to find alternate routes while nine miles of the roadway undergoes rehabilitation from 0.4 miles west of Resler to .055 miles west of US 54. Bike lane closed yet, crews continue to see bicyclists ride through construction zone."

This flies in the face of state law which considers bikes as vehicles, with all the rights and responsibilities, and the "Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices" (MUTCD), Part 6 which provides guidance on Temporary Traffic Controls (TTC) in work zones:"The needs and control of all road users (motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians within the highway, or on private roads open to public travel, including persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II, Paragraph 35.130) through a TTC zone shall be an essential part of highway construction, utility work, maintenance operations, and the management of traffic incidents."

By simply closing this bike route and not providing a safe, convenient, alternate route for people on bikes, TxDOT is discriminating against those who use Trans 
Mountain for transportation - and recreation...  It doesn't matter if someone is driving for recreation or transportation, so why should it matter for people riding bikes.  Yet TxDOT (and most people in fact) assume people in cars are driving for transportation, and people on bikes are riding for recreation.  Why we may be riding on Trans Mountain is irrelevant, all that matters is that this was a designated bike route, and TxDOT has failed to provide a safe route for us.

Please call Tomas Trevino, P.E., the TxDOT District Engineer at (361) 701-0169, and ask why TxDOT refuses to consider this an essential route, and provide a safe bike route over Trans Mountain, and when he will comply with both State Law and MUTCD guidance to ensure we too can safely travel over Trans Mountain on our bikes.

#BikesBelong!

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