Because the initial report was generated by a paper only local paper, confirming the the details of the reported bicycle ban on East Brenham Road in the City of Manor (Near Austin) has been difficult for those in distant parts of Texas that have been alarmed by the rumored event.
Yesterday evening, after dark, I sent an e-mail to the City of Manor asking for details and and a series of questions. To my astonishment, I received a reply back within ten minutes of my inquiry!
So in the interest of stopping false rumors and promoting the truth, here is Judge Haisler's reply:
I'm out-of-state right now so I'll try to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge (I'll double check when I get back to the office).
Manor only restricted bicycles on a small section of roadway along East Brenham due to the dangerous condition of the road (and a recent bicycle injury). Another blogger/magazine editor inaccurately published that Manor banned bicycles and we've been flooded with e-mails all day regarding this very issue. Below are the answers to your questions, please let me know if I can be of any additional assistance.
1) What is the history of this ordinance? Passed 10/21/2009
2) What is the reason for the ban? Only restricted on a small section of roadway along East Brenham due to dangerous road conditions
3) Is it to be a temporary ban or is it intended to be permanent? Temporary
4) When does the ordinance take effect? Now (To my knowledge)
5)What are the penalties for violating this law? Any city ordinance has a fine up to $2,000 by Texas law
6)How is an out of town visitor to be alerted to the new law? A sign will be placed on the affected road
7)What are the alternatives for folks who travel about operating the banned vehicles who would otherwise travel on that previously public road? Detour along Old Highway 20
So there you have it folks! A temporary restriction due to hazardous road conditions.
A glance at Google maps shows that this would be a lovely road to cycle on. I do not yet know what the present condition of the roadway is that would compel local officials to fear for cyclist's safety. I will update this blog if I can find out more.
Those look to be ten foot lanes in a 30 MPH zone, but the speed limit increases to 50 MPH about a mile up the road.
Hats off to the good Judge Haisler who is obviously putting in extra hours to get the truth out on the record. I am happy to assist him in that noble effort!