Slabtown Rollers Lobbying to Fix Hwy 1

By John FitzRandolph | 02/25/13
Slabtown Rollers Lobbying to Fix Hwy 1

Photo by John FitzRandolph — Special to The Cambrian

Feb. 21, 2013 - Cambria’s Slabtown Rollers are trying to rock boats in Sacramento to mitigate hazards created by a Caltrans’ contractor’s “chip-seal” paving job which left 3/8- to 1-inch sized rocks on Highway 1, including shoulder heavily used by bicyclists.

The group is insisting that Caltrans should repave the highway before June — not just for the Rollers’ own interests, but for the national and international cycling groups that arrive for excursions along picturesque Highway 1.  

At a Slabtown Rollers business meeting last week, they discussed assertive tactics they have or plan to launch. 

Their efforts date back at least to Dec. 7, when Rollers took county Supervisor Bruce Gibson on a tour of the bike path north of Cambria. “We just happened to have a bike in our truck, so Bruce rolled up his pant leg, got on the bike and rode 100 yards up and back and said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve never seen a road this bad,’” according to Rollers vice president Sharon Jordan-Evans.  

On Dec. 24, the Rollers’ online petition went live ( and on Jan. 9 the group petitioned the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) and received unanimous support. A strongly worded letter was sent to Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty by SLOCOG, making him aware that $6.7 million in tourist revenue could be lost to North Coast communities if the appalling condition of the bike paths is not corrected.

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