“The roads are filled with mile after mile of big heavy trucks that make cyclists feel very unsafe.”
The Billings Gazette reports:
Touring bicyclists wanting to retrace the path of explorers Lewis and Clark or pedal through the northern tier of the U.S. are being warned to steer clear of northwest North Dakota because of heavy oil traffic.
Missoula-based Adventure Cycling Association said it’s remapping the popular bike routes due to “alarming reports” about risky riding conditions through North Dakota’s booming oil patch.
New maps are due in May to reflect the change, the biggest such amendment to U.S. routes in the nonprofit’s 39-year history, cartographer Jennifer Milyko said.
Based on reports from scores of cyclists, Milyko said roads through North Dakota’s oil patch are among the most dangerous of the group’s 40,000-mile route network in the U.S…