Montana bill would ban cyclists from most roads

Hwy 212 in Montana, Beartooth Pass, is one of the most scenic in the U.S. (Google Maps photo)

Hwy 212 in Montana, Beartooth Pass, is one of the most scenic in the U.S. (Google Maps photo)


A bill proposed in the Montana state legislature would prohibit bicycle use outside of municipalities where roads have no paved shoulder. In Montana that’s a lot of highway!

I’ve only been to Montana once, but I wished I had brought my bike as I drove the family over Beartooth Pass, state Hwy 212. I’ve been over a lot of passes, but this one ranks up there as the most beautiful.

It doesn’t have a shoulder. What a shame if Montana decides this bill is the right way to go.

What’s ironic here is that Montana is the state where the Bikecentennial started, a non-profit created to encourage bicycling across the U.S. in 1976 to celebrate our country’s bicentennial. More than 4,000 cyclists completed the route, which went through Montana.

The local TV gave the proposed bill some coverage.

I don’t know if it would do much good, but you can contact the bill sponsor, Barry Usher. Just be nice about it. He’s also a fan of two-wheeled vehicles, so we share a common purpose to keep roads open for all forms of transportation.

Here’s the bill wording. See line 23-24.

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