Permits considered for bike races Proposal would limit number, charge fee

January 27, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Organizers of bicycle races that stop traffic on Carroll County roads would be required to obtain permits from the county under a proposed plan detailed yesterday.

Keith Kirschnick, the county's public works director, briefed the county commissioners on the proposed rules, which were drafted by a committee appointed last spring. The rules are expected to become final this week.

A series of bicycle races along Uniontown and Bark Hill roads near Francis Scott Key High School last spring prompted the commissioners to form the committee after residents and state police raised concerns about some races causing traffic hazards.

Mr. Kirschnick said the rules would apply only to races and tours that require traffic to be stopped or that require riders to make turns without stopping. Other bicycle races and tours would not be affected by the rules, he said.

The rules also would limit bicycle groups to just two races each month, he said, and organizers would be required to apply for a permit 60 days before a race.

Mr. Kirschnick said groups would be charged a nominal fee for the permits, which also would allow them to use traffic signs to warn motorists of races in progress.

He said standard road signs would serve motorists better than handmade signs that some groups have used.

"I think [the rules] are very fair and we were able to work out something so we can have races in the county," Mr. Kirschnick said.

Kevin Dolan, a committee member and manager of Race Pace Inc. in Westminster, said he is satisfied with the proposed rules. He said the rules would allow his store to continue to sponsor races and accommodate community concerns.

Mr. Dolan said Race Pace plans to sponsor three to six races in Carroll this year. The Uniontown area has been a favorite spot for bicyclists because the hills are not too steep and because Francis Scott Key High School provides parking space and facilities.

Other committee members included representatives from the state police, Parks and Recreation Department, county attorney's staff and State Highway Administration.

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