Posted: Jan 4, 2011 3:39 PM by Allyson Weller (KPAX News)
Updated: Jan 4, 2011 5:06 PM
MISSOULA - The largest cycling membership group in North America is being added to the list of groups opposing the the shipment of "big rigs" through Idaho and Montana.
The Adventure Cycling Association, which is headquartered in Missoula, says the shipments would affect hundreds of miles of bike routes used by thousands of cyclists every year.
Executive Director Jim Sayer says it's happening at a time when adventure travel and outdoor travel are booming. Sayer worries the routes in the Northern Rockies will have to be changed and that there aren't many alternatives.
"I travel around the country and I see lots of billboards and bus placards saying 'come visit Montana, see our beautiful places' and this area truly is one of the most beautiful parts of Montana so to lose that to an industrial shipment corridor would be, if not folly, would be a real problem for Montana's economy in the future," said Sayer.
The Adventure Cycling Association is directing people to the All Against the Haul website.