POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:58am
The controversy over cyclists using loop 49 has been resolved, for now.
And the bikers have had to accept half a loaf, and an expensive one to boot.
Cyclists will get to ride on the toll road, but it will cost them more than a toll.
The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority takes over the management of the Loop 49 tollway on Thursday (today).
But at Tuesday’s meeting, they began laying down the rules.
Cyclists who have been riding on the Loop will still be allowed…until July.
Then there are restrictions.
There are only certain parts of the Loop the cyclists will be allowed to use, but for a price.
They must pay for striping the shoulder, and special signage indicating the bike lane.
That will cost money, lots of money. Some estimates go as high as 60,000 dollars.
And it will come from the cyclists themselves.
Tyler Simpson owns Simpsons Fitness and Adventure Sports.
“The proper striping and signage is appropriate,” he says. “Apparently the NETRMA is stretched pretty thin as everybody is having budget shortfalls. We actually partnered with the city to get our Elysian and Faulkner Park mountain bike trails in place. We partnered with them and used private donations and volunteer hours to build these trails. And that’s the way we’re going to have to look at this. It’s a partnership. Dollars just aren’t as available as they used to be.”