Create a work group to study existing laws and suggest options for roller skiing on public roads.

Each year, I hear about roller skiers having “issues” with cars on the road. This year, a driver threatened to contact the authorities saying that roller skiing wasn’t allowed on the roads. Nothing happened and so far this has been a bit of non issue. Roller bladers had more issues and eventually got some laws on the books about 10 years ago.

I have had some conversations with Joe King in Madison who has studied the laws a bit. The Canadians are beginning to think about this as well. see http://canada.x-c.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=1804&lan=0

We should put together a work group to study options. I would like to see one of a few options chosen.

1 – do nothing
2 – ammend the law to give skiers the same rights as inline skates
3 – ammend the law to define roller skiing in it’s own right

Additionally, a “code of conduct” should come out of this group to keep conflicts between drivers and rollerskiers at a minimum, much like bicycles have now.

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One response to “Create a work group to study existing laws and suggest options for roller skiing on public roads.

  1. This task has been assigned to a work group that will put together a recomendation and possibly an action plan this year (2004).