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.