January 15, 2015
In November 2014, I wrote about the conversation we were conducting with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) regarding the use of Interstate 40 east of Barstow, California, for our soon-to-be-released Bicycle Route 66 maps.
Right after I wrote that post we made our third request to the appropriate Caltrans district, District 8. In very short order we received notice that we had again been denied.
Our request is based on two factors:
Map illustrating the issue outlined in item #1 above.
While we still haven't convinced District 8 to change their policy about I-40 in the large part of our request (item #1), we do have a small piece of good news to report.
We had heard from multiple sources that though District 8 says it's not legal to ride I-40 around the Marine Base, it is currently signed such that it is legal. We had a volunteer head out there over the holidays to confirm this. He brought back pictures that confirm these reports at the pertinent exits.
Photos showing signage (and lack thereof) demonstrating legality of bicycling on I-40 around the Marine Base east of Barstow, California.
Based on this on-the-ground evidence, we feel comfortable publishing the map using this routing and have informed District 8 that we are doing so. Cross item #2 off the list.
Unfortunately, we are still having difficulty with item #1. The maps go to the printer soon and we need a legal, complete route to publish. We will continue working from as many channels as we can to help them understand why this is so important to us and to get bicycle access to this travel corridor.
Stay tuned to this blog as well as our other social media outlets. We may yet issue a Call to Action asking you to help us convince Caltrans that our request is reasonable and in their interest as well.
Photos by Brian DeSousa.
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, Routes & Mapping Assistant Director, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.