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Commissioners decline request to update rides for cyclists

Monday, September 17, 2012

Organizers of the Hilly Hundred, one of best touring bicycle events in the nation, shouldn't expect any substantial road improvements when they tour though the Greene County next month.

The race organizers have asked the Greene County Highway Department to consider making road repairs on their route, prior to the Oct. 19-21 event.

On Monday, the commissioners looked at the list of nine county roads, which the race organizers would like to have improved.

The response from the commissioners was quick and direct.

Commissioner's President Steve Lindsey told attorney Marilyn Hartman to draft a letter to the race leaders and tell them, "Thanks for pointing out the roads that need fixed, but due to financial constraints, the repair work will be unlikely to be completed.

"It's unlikely with the funding that we have that repairs can be made. The riders need to realize they are doing the race at their own risk," Lindsey said.

Commissioner Rick Graves added, "We need to let them know that we are not making any claims that these roads are suitable for what they want to do."

Among the roads designated by Jeff Perotti, local and route coordinator for of the 45th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend, are:

* Switchboard Road Cedar Ridge is rough to County Road 900N near Mackville.

* Holes at County Road 790N and County Road 875E.

* Rough downhill on County Road 740N to County Road 660E.

* Rough intersection at County Road 650E.

* Tulip Road is rough from County Road 380N to the Tulip Viaduct.

* County Road 300N (rough).

* County Road 400N (rough).

* Gardner Road (County Road 780N) downhill stretch is rough.

* Gardner Road (County Road 780) has a hole two-tenths of a mile west of County Road 1310E.

In his letter formally requesting the repairs, Perotti stated, "Our goal is to minimize accidents and mechanical problems for our riders."

Perotti said among the considerations are:

* Downhill slopes where conditions create high risk of accidents.

* Turns where sand and gravel can cause bikes to slip and fall.

* Holes into which a bike can either fall or hit its front edge, causing an accident, a flat tire or both.

The Hilly Hundred, which runs through Greene, Monroe and Owen counties, is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Inc. (CIBA). More than 5,000 cyclists from over 40 states and several foreign countries are expected to attend the three-day event (with two days of riding approximately 50 miles each day) is held.

A Hilly Hundred rider was seriously hurt in a head-on crash with another bicycle in the county during last year's race.

Hartman said after the meeting that the county has received notice of a tort claim related to that crash, but no formal lawsuit as been filed in the case.

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In that letter to the Hilly (Rude Cyclist)Hundred tell them they can keep their ride in Monroe Co. , unless they wish to fund the road repairs they are requesting in Greene County.

-- Posted by cirtmedic on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 3:50 PM

Tell them to stay in Monroe county. They just take the roads over. You can't get any where you need to go since they won't yeild for any thing. The county spends a lot on traffic control and then the county makes nothing from it.

-- Posted by jdtwocyl on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 7:20 PM

What they all said

-- Posted by Equipmentguy on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 7:57 PM

We have a chance for thousands of people from 40 states and several foreign countries to visit our area. And your telling them to stay away? Really? Everyone wants to talk about tourism and getting the word out about how beautiful our county is and we get this great chance to introduce it to thousands and people complain?? They ride the back roads of Greene Co except for a mile strip they are on highway between Calvertsville Rd and Tulip. Newark, Tulip, Solsberry and all the county roads in between are being introduced to thousands. We should embrace this chance to show people our great county! Not chase them away.

-- Posted by darla.moore67 on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 8:11 PM

Darla, if you lived in the area they go thru you would understand what a pain they are.

-- Posted by jdtwocyl on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 8:56 PM

I cant speak for all business along the route but I ask the owner of Yoho store in Solsberry and he said he had sold 3 bottles of water and had about 75 request for restroom usage, so based on that I dont think its very profitable for local business

I will have to say if the rider's were more respectful of the local traffic people might have a different view of this event

-- Posted by greene co native on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 9:00 PM

It sounds like the Linton motocross. Everyone wants tourism, just not next to them. We are talking half a day. No the cyclist themselves may not stop and buy anything along the route because the Hilly Hundred crew feeds and waters them so well. But people come back and visit what they enjoyed seeing. A lot of family and friends meet the cyclist next to the a tulip church as a rest stop. Then go into Bloomfield themselves to eat/drinks/get gas. Wouldnt it be better to welcome these visitors and show them some hometown hospitality and invite them back? 5000 visitors from 40 states and some foreign countries... Imagine that many people coming to Greene Co....

Have I driven through these cyclist, yes I have. I've admired the 50+ year old cyclist riding these hills when I'd have trouble walking some. I've admired the cyclist that are handicapped and riding hand bikes up and down those hills. I've admired the dad with his young child on a tandem bike sharing this great countryside together.

-- Posted by darla.moore67 on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 10:08 PM

Maybe there would be less "financial constraints" if we did not spend $247,000 to pave a gravel road leading directly to Rick Graves' house and paying lawyers to write letters to bicycle clubs telling them what you are not going to do.

-- Posted by 0123 on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 10:54 PM

As a Hilly rider I wish they would change the route away from Greene County sounds like all we have along the roads are a bunch of crab trees. Is that true about Rick Graves $247,000 road?

-- Posted by shadcox on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 9:34 AM

That was quite a few years ago, And the Hilly has been in the area the last few years. And the Greene County Rotary and Habitat for Humanity rides have both been hosted in Linton that last couple years that I know of. And the Mark Angell Memorial ride went off well this spring as well.

No banks robbed. :)

-- Posted by darla.moore67 on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 8:45 PM

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