Cyclists in Chester County are fuming over the tar and chip or chip seal paving on rural roads. As one angry cyclist stated "PennDot is on a rampage of tar and chipping that has rendered many, many of the beautiful little roads beloved by cyclists into rough and dangerous gravel-strewn messes."
Three years ago there was a gentleman's agreement between the Bicycle Coalition and PennDOT. The agreement stated that :
(1) cyclists would be told about planned Tar and Chip
(2) they would roll and sweep soon after the actual tar and chip, so the roads would be usable again by bicyclists
(3) they would use smaller rocks for the chip.
But gentlemen change jobs and forget about agreements. Perhaps we should have got it in writing.