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We have a very nice road here in Bend, Skyliners Road, a straight, steady climb out towards the mountains.  Hardly anyone lives up there and it dead ends in the National Forest.  It was used for the National Time Trial Championship last year and is scheduled to be used this year.

A few people are irritated that the riders get in their way of their sacred cars and now our County Commissioners are considering limiting the racing on it.

If you feel so inclined, fire off an email to them today (the hearing is this evening).  It would be good to get some out of state input.

Point out to them that the 2009 National Championships brought $1.44 million to the county.  They understand money.

Thanks,

Newf

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners

board@co.deschutes.or.us
post #2 of 9
This is what I sent. Good luck!
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I have been made aware that the National Time Trial Championship brought $1.44 million in 2009 to Deschutes County. In these times, this kind of revenue inflow is vital to the health of the community. I live in Summit County, CO where we often have races that require the temporary closing of sections of road. We find it slightly inconvenient, but also recognize that our guests are supporting our county by spending their dollars in our community.
 
I encourage you to permit the Time Trials to take place such that they can contribute the maximum revenue possible to your area.
 
Regards,
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Super!

Thanks.
post #4 of 9
Glad to send support, ND. Here's what I wrote:

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To Whom It May Concern:

It's come to my attention that the city of Bend is considering a ban or other limits on cycling events on Skyliners Road--home of the National Time Trial championships, and a popular route for cyclists. I would like to add my voice to those in favor of encouraging cycling and opposed to restrictions. In an area known for health consciousness, and a time of increasing awareness of health issues, obesity, and general lack of fitness in the United States, as well as a worldwide focus on "green" activities, I would think it a giant step backward to restrict such healthy, non-polluting activities as cycling.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
Summit County, Colorado

I wonder if the Bend Commissioners will get tired of hearing from Summit County, Colorado? I do like your emphasis on the economic cost of a ban, MastersRacer--probably should have included some of that in mine. Regardless, they should be aware that people are paying attention to their decisions from places far and wide!

Best regards,
Bob
 
post #5 of 9
Since I don't drive those road trains anymore on Skyliner you got my vote. I'll write in. Oh and WTF? Haven't seen you on the hill Newfy?
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

I wonder if the Bend Commissioners will get tired of hearing from Summit County, Colorado?
Thanks guys!  I used to bike race in Colorado and the difference between Summit County and Boulder was night and day.  I don't think they can ever hear too much from you guys.

Slider---

I've been lookin' for you, but yeah, between our weird winter and a new house we're building, my days on the mountain are down.  The powder skis haven't seen much action and the ratio of XC to Alpine has been 2:1.

Final inspection is this week, so I hope to have the snow and time to correct that.
post #7 of 9
Maybe too late for a meeting, but I did it for you dog, because you seem competent to me!  Here's what I sent.

We have a very nice road here in Bend, Skyliners Road, a straight, steady climb out towards the mountains.  Hardly anyone lives up there and it dead ends in the National Forest.  It was used for the National Time Trial Championship last year and is scheduled to be used this year.

A few people are irritated that the riders get in their way of their sacred cars and now our County Commissioners are considering limiting the racing on it.

If you feel so inclined, fire off an email to them today (the hearing is this evening).  It would be good to get some out of state input.

Point out to them that the 2009 National Championships brought $1.44 million to the county.  They understand money.


Is this true?  If so, that's bad.  We need the money that comes with these great events.  As far as that goes, we need even more of those type of things.    One concerned Deschutes County resident, Jacques Mayou
 
post #8 of 9
 Thanks for the info Newf.  I will write them a letter pointing out we brought 30 people to spend a week in Bend last summer to race on Skyliners and we are bringing 40 this year.  Hopefully, that will get someones attention.
post #9 of 9
That's great Roadrash!  Glad to have you all!

Newfydog, here is what I got back.

Hi Jacques-

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns with me.  Please know that I have read your email, and it has been added to the public record.  I appreciate you making time to weigh in on this important issue.

 

In service to our community-

Tammy

 

Tammy Baney

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners

O  541 388-6567  1  F  541 385-3202  1  1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 200  Bend, OR  97701

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