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Bike Walk Bitterroot

Drivers traveling some well used Bitterroot Valley backroads will have a new visual reminder to watch out for those travelling under their own power.

Working in conjunction with the county road and bridge department, Bike Walk Bitterroot volunteers have posted 10 bright yellow signs reminding drivers to share the road with bicycles and pedestrians.

Bike Walk Bitterroot is an organization focused on making biking and walking safer through the county for uses of all ages and abilities.

The organization’s Chris Fox said the new signs followed a brainstorming session by members looking for a way to do just that.

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“Our members and others in the public told us these were roads they used for walking and biking that didn’t have good shoulders,” Fox said. “We thought the signs would be a good way to encourage drivers to aware of others using the road.”

The signs were purchased by Bike Walk Bitterroot with no funding from the county.

The signs were placed on roads in both the Hamilton and Stevensville areas. In Hamilton, signs went up on the Old Corvallis Road, Ricketts Road, West Side Road and Grantsdale Road. In Stevensville, there are signs on the Middle Burnt Fork Road and Logan Lane.

“Hopefully, we will add others in the future,” Fox said.

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