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  • Richard 3:00 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink |  

    Barrington Hills and Bicycles 

    I was somewhat perplexed after reading about Barrington Hills’ bicycle ordinances over at Chainlink.

    “The first is the mandate of single file bicycle riding.  This ordinance states that persons riding bicycles upon a Village maintained roadway are prohibited from riding side by side and shall only ride single file. The second ordinance is negligent operation of bicycles which states that it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a bicycle upon any public roadway (Village/County/State) in a manner which is negligent or creates a risk of bodily injury or damage to or loss of property. These new ordinances aim to ensure that both bicyclists and motor vehicles can share the roadway in a safe and responsible manner.  The Barrington Hills Police Department will be enforcing these ordinances especially during the spring and summer months as the weather gets warmer” 


     And discussion during their November ‘08 board meeting.


    “Bicycle Regulations – Trustee Gohl began discussion on the feasibility of revising the vehicle code to include specific bicycle regulations. Village Attorney Doug Wambach will confirm whether new regulations would be enforceable only on municipal roads or also on county or state roads. A few years ago, investigation began on the possibility of requiring bikers to come into the Police Station to pay a fee, sign a waiver and review rules and regulations. No action was taken. Discussion also involved the possibility of including a time of day limit for bicycle riding within the Village. The plan is to hold a public session jointly governed by Public Safety and Roads and Bridges with involvement from the Legal Committee, when the draft regulation is ready.”


    Joe Lewis, Vice-President, McHenry County Bicycle Advocates raises an excellent question, “Why doesn’t the Barrington Hills Police Department enforce the Illinois motor vehicle law which gives them adequate ability to ticket cyclists who run stop signs and fail to go single file when obstructing traffic?”  Ordinances targeting a specific group of individuals smacks of discrimination which reflects badly on the community itself.


    This comment caught my attention.


    “My friends Jean and Andy report that on Saturday they were stopped (while biking thru Bgtn. Hills Hills) by the Barrington Hills Police. The police setup a safety check roadblock and stopped all bicyclists. This was in the vicinity of Oak Know and the country club. It was a thorough check; even required a valid ID. Andy said his helmet ID (issued by AHBA several years ago) was sufficient. The police explained that they will be keeping a close watch on all cyclist in Barrington Hills.”


    Interdicting bicyclists under the guise of a safety check? I wonder if this is the onset of a wider trend as municipalities search for new revenue streams. However it maybe construed as harassment. Elected officials saw an easy way to score political points by targeting a group which they perceive wields little influence in their community. Positive advocacy with politicians and law enforcement is the way to prevent this from becoming the standard. Hopefully Barrington Hills is an isolated example.


  • Richard 7:18 am on February 11, 2009 Permalink |  

    Support Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects in the Economic Recovery Bill 

    The Rails to Trails Conservancy website makes it easy to understand the issue and then how to take action.

    Transportation Enhancements is the nation’s primary funding source for trails, walking and biking, and this package could lead to innumerable new miles of trails and other active transportation infrastructure.

    The House of Representatives passed a version of the bill which funds Transportation Enhancements. However the Senate did not. It is critical that both of our senators and our house representative hear from you.

    The League of American Bicyclists has the talking points if you wish to call.

    Senator Durbin

    Senator Burris

    Congressman Foster

  • Richard 9:53 pm on February 10, 2009 Permalink |  

    Moon Over Trail 


    65 degrees historically the warmest day in February since the last historically warmest day in February. The trail is relatively clear of ice, debris and untoward objects. The river is not flooding yet. But I did see several 90 pound raccoons.

    “Half price sushi on Tuesday” drew me to Tapalaluna.  The unagi and crunchy salmon were rather satisfying. But the blue cheese crusted tenderloin was less so because I found the passion fruit sauce too sweet. Overcome with hunger, pairing the tenderloin with sushi was probably a weak choice. The servings are larger than the usual tapas bar so by the time the tenderloin arrived I was full. There is a large wine selection and limited beer choices. Fat Tire is available for you Fat Tire heads. Jessica, the server, was cordial and helpful.

  • Richard 11:52 am on February 8, 2009 Permalink |  

    The Snow Is Melting 

    020709 Loop

    A 50 degree day if February gives me hope winter’s end is near. Wanting to bask in the warmth I left later than usual.


    Put together a nearly 30 mile loop which took me east of town back to Sycamore. This is my favorite part of Dekalb County to ride. There was plenty of water on the road surface from the snowmelt.  This got me wondering why full length fenders are not standard, I have to order those Bike Hugger flaps. Barber Greene Rd. is on the route. A road I do not recommend on week days due to asphalt haulers and texting locals taking a shortcut. Though on this Saturday traffic was light.


    G W Trail




    On the return parked it at Shawn’s for a sandwich and an espresso.

  • Richard 7:05 am on February 3, 2009 Permalink |  

    Abe Vigoda 

    Check out “Don’t Lie” by Abe Vigoda. Music to get you through final weeks of winter.

    011309 Ice 003

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