Traveling south just past Santa Rita Park and entering the highway construction zone, there is a large, bright orange traffic sign that reads, "No Bike Lane Ahead - Bikes Use Frontage Road." It's puzzling as there is neither a bike lane before the sign, nor a frontage road in the near distance after the sign. Sign me, "Wheredoyabike?"
If you think the road construction project is bike-unfriendly, try driving a car through it.
Motorists have to deal with ever-changing traffic configurations, nonexistent stripes, befuddling stoplights and lanes skinnier than a necktie from the 1960s.
It's gotten so bad that more than one person has said they have stopped driving south of town because they don't want to deal with it.
So why on earth would anyone want to ride a bike through Bodo if people can hardly stand to drive there?
Nevertheless, some bike riders won't let a little thing like a lack of space stop them from pedaling. These are Durango's die-hard cyclists, with an emphasis on "die."
Right now, Bodo is not a desirable venue for a spin, said Nancy Shanks, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
By law, CDOT and its contractors have to place signs on the highway for traffic and safety, including bikes.
Shanks admitted that the sign could be more specific, adding that "the current sign is a kinder, gentler way of saying 'No Bikes.'
"The sign is kind of like the ones near avalanche chutes in the mountains," Shanks said. "It pretty much states the obvious."
But don't get your Lycra shorts in a bunch, cyclists. The new highway eventually will have a bike lane.
If you must bike to Bodo, use the Animas River Trail. Pedaling to Wal-Mart and Home Depot is trickier because the path becomes the trail-to-nowhere at the High Bridge.
The solution: Ride down La Posta Road, cut across the Rivera Bridge, hang a left at the embarrassingly unsold "luxury townhomes" and continue on to the big box stores, where one can stock up on lumber and 24-roll packs of paper towels.
Then figure out how to haul 2-by-4s and cases of Bounty home on a bike.
Why does oil-field traffic get priority when pulling out onto a roadway? Why can't they wait and merge like everyone else? This happens on sleepy county roads as well as busy highways, so I doubt it's a safety issue. Who gives them authority to stop traffic whenever they feel like it? And give me some answer besides that oil companies pay for my property taxes. - Impatient and Insulted
Could it be that the majority of oil-field truck drivers are from New Mexico? Alas, there's no way to tell.
Regardless, you should know about the secret code of "safety" pennants fluttering atop long flexible poles mounted on every oil company pickup.
The fluorescent orange-and-green pennants are signal flags, similar to the ones the Navy uses for ship-to-ship communication.
In the oil patch, orange-and-green pennants are a specific two-word salutation. And those two words are not "howdy neighbor."
Just kidding. (But not really.)
Action Line called the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state agency that oversees "responsible development of Colorado's oil and gas natural resources ... in a manner consistent with the protection of public health, safety and welfare."
A person who insisted on anonymity said, without flinching, when it comes to bad oil-field truck drivers, "the COGCC has zero regulatory authority."
Best thing to do: Get the license plate and description of any irresponsible driver and call law-enforcement dispatch at 385-2900. If the truck is a total menace, call 911. Then call the oil company's local office and ask to speak to the safety manager.
Just because one industry pays 56 percent of our county's taxes, it doesn't entitle low-level workers to drive like lowlifes.
E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Action Line, The Durango Herald, 1275 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301. You can request anonymity if you can manage to let April Fool's Day pass without screwing off the top of a salt shaker.