Liberty hating communist commissioners of Jefferson County Colorado want to steal your freedom and your right to travel! In a hearing, the county commissioners talked about having their lobbyist talk to Colorado state legislators about a law that would permit counties to ban bicycles from Colorado county roads.
The commissioners claim they're doing this in the name of safety. There is no move, however, to restrict the real safety hazard on mountain roads -- automobiles.
Since the commissioners claim they are responding to the emailed complaints of Jefferson County Road users, it's time for cyclists to email the Jefferson County Commission and, more importantly, show up at Jeffco Commission Meetings. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD, CYCLISTS! You can also call them at +1 (303) 271-8525; and send snail mail to 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO, 80419.
Jefferson County Attorney Ellen Wakeman is drafting the legislation. Her office's phone number is +1 (303) 271-8900; her administrative assitant's email address is email@example.com. Keep them busy!
Some 500 bikes will be available this summer at 30 to 40 stations around Denver. The Denver B-Cycle program got initial funding from a $1 million donation from the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee. "We are confident Denver B-Cycle will prove equally popular while improving our fitness levels and our environment," said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. "Our 358 miles of bike routes and trails combined with our 300 days of sunshine make Denver the perfect city in which to launch this citywide bike sharing system."
See also -- Denver transportation to focus on people, not cars: "A fundamental premise of the STP is that Denver must continue its growing trend towards relying on many modes of transportation, including walking, biking and using public transit in order to meet the transportation demands of the future."
While I'm focusing on bicycling in Colorado:
Go Boulder is the city of Boulder transportation department resource site, where they proudly say, "In some places, people talk about the importance of using transportation options. Here, we walk the talk. Or bike it. Or bus it."
Bicycle Colorado is Colorado's statewide bike advocacy group. They're doing wonderful work with Safe Routes to School programs throughout the state. Bicycle Colorado reminds cyclists that you can dial *CSP from your cell phone to report road rage to the Colorado State Police.
By Yokota Fritz
The long awaited Boulder Colorado Velodrome plans a grand opening party and open house on Sunday, November 30th, 2008. This new velodrome is located in a former warehouse building at 3550 Frontier Avenue, near where Pearl Street crosses Foothills Highway (Hwy 157).
While we're in Boulder, let's also visit Community Cycles, a group of bicycle enthusiasts whose mission is to educate and advocate for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, viable and sustainable means of transportation and personal enjoyment. The Boulder Daily Comrade just posted a nice Community Spotlight on them. Community Cycles is located conveniently on the Goose Creek bike path and (literally) just across the tracks from the Boulder Velodrome.
Elsewhere, I've been busy posting stuff to Commute By Bike...
By Yokota Fritz
Tim DeFrisco is a photographer in Denver who apparently specializes in sports and "lifestyle" photography, including bike stuff, though he also has some killer portraits on his website.
His latest project has been a series of Denver bike messenger photos that will be displayed at Interbike during the Urban Legend Fashion and Art Show on Thursday evening, beginning at 5:00PM in the Venetian Ballroom G.
By Yokota Fritz
According to Denver Police, the REI flagship store near downtown Denver, Colorado is a haven for violent terrorist protesters who plan to camp out and disrupt the Democratic National Convention next week.
In a recently disclosed "Special Bulletin," the Denver Police Department are asking all area police, sheriff, fire and ambulance personnel to be on the lookout for items that can be used by terrorists. The items listed on their special bulletin include: Bicycles (they can block streets and sidewalks and stop emergency response vehicles), Bike helmets (because this is what terrorists wear, according to Denver police), Maps, and Camping information, especially when they're stored inside old buildings.
I've done my part to protect the American Way by informing the Denver Police of a very large stockpile of these items at old Denver Tramway building at 1416 Platte Street near downtown.
Seriously, what's especially offensive is the idea that bikes and bike helmets might seem "out of place" to police officers in downtown Denver. This bulletin is just the permission cops like Michael Cordova need to harass cyclists who just want to get around. I don't see any kind of motor vehicle on the list of suspicious items distributed by Denver police, yet cars and trucks are more capable at blocking sidewalks and streets and blockading emergency response than any group of cyclists. Cyclists can be physically lifted and removed.
In 2002, it was found that Denver Police kept records that labeled local citizens as "criminal extremists" in spite of a lack of any criminal record. This intelligence gathering started in 1953; the Denver Spy Files had information on over 3000 individuals and 200 organizations. The ACLU filed suit in 2002 and settled with Denver in 2003. Though Denver was supposed to have changed its spy gathering policies with the 2003 settlement, this document seems to indicate the same old stuff from them.
By Yokota Fritz
The city of Colorado Springs, CO, charges a $4 excise tax on new bicycles. In 2007, retailers in Colorado Springs sold 32,853 new bicycles, compared against 23,512 cars and trucks sold at car dealerships in all of El Paso County.
This bicycle tax was created 20 years ago to fund construction of bike facilities and has generated about $2 million in income since it started in 1988. According to Colorado Springs transportation planners, the current network of bike paths would not exist today without this tax.
Colorado legislatures attack cycling on Bike To Work Day
By Yokota Fritz
Wednesday was Bike To Work Day in Colorado.
I have much more to write about Highlands Ranch in Douglas County, Colorado in particular, but for now I'll just reprint the press release from the Colorado state legislature and let it speak for itself. I have additional commentary about Highlands Ranch in this map I uploaded to Flickr this morning. For those not familiar with the area, Highlands Ranch is the poster child for suburban cul de sac traffic hell. Aerial photos of Highlands Ranch are used to illustrate articles on the evils of sprawl. It's a shame that these bozos want to turn bicycling into a partisan issue.
“You’ve got to be kidding!”
That was the reaction today from Colorado State Senator Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, and State Representative Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, when they heard that Democrats are proposing “long bike ride(s)” as a solution to rising gas prices.
“Colorado families are struggling at the pump and the answer we are getting from Colorado Democrats is shut down oil and gas production in Colorado and ride your bike: Unbelievable,” said McNulty. “I’d like to see how they expect a mother of three in my district to get her kids to school and to buy groceries for her family using a bicycle.”
The press announcement that Democrats sent out yesterday states: “As gas prices continue to spiral toward $5 a gallon, many are taking a stand – or in some cases, a long bike ride.”
McNulty and Penry said they are supportive of celebrating “Bike to Work Day” today, but said that it’s not realistic for Democrats to hold bicycling up as a way to address skyrocketing gas prices.
“Bill Ritter's "New Energy Economy" now has a mascot: it is the bicycling politician who thinks we can peddle our way to energy independence,” Penry said. “This is the most absurd, ridiculous and totally convincing explanation of why Colorado Democrats are clueless when it comes to addressing our energy crisis.”
Penry and McNulty have supported many of the governor’s renewable energy initiatives, but say that it is only part of the solution. They have both been critical of Gov. Ritter’s approach to stunting energy development in Colorado, an approach they say will lead to even higher energy prices for Colorado consumers.
By Yokota Fritz
Wednesday, June 25 is Bike To Work Day in Colorado. GO Boulder appeals to all Boulder cyclists to register yourself for Bike To Work Day with DRCOG. According to Boulder transportation planner Marni Ratzel, "We use Bike to Work day numbers to show the potential for biking in Boulder. If we could show that it is possible to get thousands of people on bikes in Boulder, we will make Boulder the biking capital of the world."
According to Ratzel, even if you don't work or work from home, any trip you take by bike will count for registration.
If you register you get entered to win all sorts of prizes, including a Yeti bike,a fully load commuter bike, messenger bags and other great stuff.
This registration with DRCOG is for all Denver and Boulder region commuters and is used to gauge the effectiveness of bike promotion efforts. Make your ride count and register yourself now.
By Yokota Fritz
Carl ran a bike club for students at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont, Colorado. The bike club was for the Walk Or Wheels ("WOW") program at the school, which encourages students to walk or bike to school and which has an astounding participation rate of over 90%. Carl started the club as an additional impetus to get the kids out of their parents' cars and to teach them to ride safely.
By Yokota Fritz
To better serve families and communities throughout the state, Bicycle Colorado's education team is translating key Safe Routes to School materials into Spanish. More than 70,000 school-age students speak primarily Spanish in Colorado, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
"Providing our handouts and education materials in both English and Spanish allows us to effectively reach out to more students and families within our communities with bicycle and pedestrian safety messages," said Maggie Thompson, Bicycle Colorado education director.
Bicycle Colorado wants all bicyclists in the state to have access to safety information and the rules of the road. After all, when more people ride bikes more often, everyone benefits.
By Yokota Fritz
One of the goals of the State’s Safe Routes program is to reach children statewide with bicycle and pedestrian safety education. Bicycle Colorado educators are traveling around the state bringing Safe Routes to Durango, Buena Vista, Yuma, La Junta, and Steamboat Springs to train teachers and administrators to implement Safe Routes programs in their areas by teaching students, parents, and teachers safe bicycling and walking practices. Teachers leave the training with classroom toolkits, including complete lesson plans and worksheets.
Upcoming training sessions in these areas:
Yuma - Friday, March 21st, 9am-5pm Buena Vista - Friday, April 4th, 9am-5pm La Junta - Thursday, April 24th, 9am-5pm Steamboat Springs - Friday, May 2nd, 9-5
These bicycle education courses are accredited through Adams State College, providing participating teachers with continuing education credits required by the state.
By Yokota Fritz
Mike the cyclist commutes 24 miles from Centennial, Colorado to Lakewood. He recently started spreading the good word about cycling on Good Life Cyclist, where he shares all things good about riding a bicycle in Colorado.
Mike enjoys mountain biking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. "I call the foothills my backyard playground," he writes. "From my house I can ride 20 to 30 minutes and explore Green Mountain, Red Rocks Park, Mount Falcon and Lair Of The Bear. I loop these all together for a 40 mile training ride."
Regarding his commute, Mike writes, "I love it - this is my main way to get in the training hours while still doing something I have to anyway (get to work) and saves gas, wear and tear on the car. However the money I have been spending on bicycle gear might balance out the gas savings."
What is he training for?
My main cycling goal right now is to train, prepare and finish the Great Divide Race in 2008. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (aka GDMBR) was put together by Adventure Cycling and is the longest off-pavement bike route in the world. It crosses the continental divide a total of 27 times. Its total length is 2,490 miles starting in Montana at the Canadian border and finishing in New Mexico at the Mexican border.
The route is the longest and most challenging off road bicycle tour in the world. It is the Holy Grail of the mountain bike world. My goal is to complete it in under 20 days. The record is 15 days 4 hours and 18 minutes. Only 5 people have ever completed this in under 20 days.
Mike, as a television commercial producer, plans to record his experience of the Great Divide Race 2008 and produce a documentary. Check out Good Life Cyclist.
The 16th Street Pedestrian Mall is a 16-block long pedestrian mall running through downtown Denver. 16th Street is closed to absolutely all vehicular traffic -- including bicycles -- EXCEPT for the free mall shuttle buses that circulate regularly up and down 16th Street.
I didn't think to take a photo of it while I was there, but this pedestrian mall is completely devoid of (wait for it...) pedestrian traffic! Actually, there are plenty of pedestrians, but they're all jammed onto the ridiculously narrow sidewalks, just like anywhere else in downtown Denver. The street portion is given completely to the mall shuttles, and in fact jaywalking is illegal. Did I mention you can't bike on 16th? Not only that, pedestrian traffic is so heavy that walking a bike through the sidewalks is impractical.
When I crossed mid-block before taking this photo, a shuttle bus driver actually accelerated and came within inches of running me down! Shortly after taking this photo, I was standing at the edge of the sidewalk -- a bus pulled along side me skimming the curb and the side mirror would have hit my head if I didn't move away at the last minute! One woman on the crosswalk near this sign screamed when the bus driver didn't slow for her until the very last second.
These shuttle drivers on the pedestrian mall are belligerent to the pedestrians who are in "their" street. I wrote a letter to my RTD representative about this, who ignored it just like the previous two letters I've written to him.
By Yokota Fritz
Discovery Team cyclist Tom Danielson, who is recovering from an intestinal illness, plans to race the Mount Evans Hillclimb this weekend in Colorado. The race begins at 7000 feet above sea level and climbs for 28 miles to the top of the highest paved road in the United States at over 14,000 feet. Danielson is the current course record holder on the climb which he accomplished in 2004 while riding for the Italian Fassa Bortolo team.
Danielson will be up against 6-time winner of the event, Scott Moninger of the BMC cycling team as well as climbing specialist, Drew Miller and other top professionals.
For more info about the Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hillclimb, visit bicyclerace.com. Mount Evans is one of three Colorado "fourteeners" I've been to the summit of. I'd like to do it by bike some day.
Fort Collins aims to increase bicycles for transportation
The city of Fort Collins, Colorado, received a federal grant to pay for a new bicycle lending program. According to city bike coordinator Dave Kemp, "We are encouraging daily trips around Fort Collins by a bicycle instead of a car. We're trying to make it easy to bike instead of use a car. We want a clean city to live in."
The Fort Collins Bicycle Library, scheduled to begin in early 2008, will make 50 bikes available for free use from various locations around town. The program, a joint effort between FC Bikes and Bike Fort Collins, will offer road bikes for the business person who wants to bike the commute rather than drive, cargo bikes for anyone who needs to deliver packages or take items with them and cruisers for those who are looking for a recreational trip.
By Yokota Fritz
Do you remember when Lance Armstrong talked about participating in the Leadville 100 then backed out, claiming a scheduling conflict shortly after Floyd Landis said he'd do the same race?
Well, Armstrong has recently been seen in Leadville, mountain biking with his old trainer Chris Carmichael.
Will Armstrong race in the Leadville 100 in 2007? Carmichael reports on his blog: "I don’t know, yet. He liked what he saw and was impressed by how hard some of the climbs are, but his schedule is pretty packed. He originally had to cancel his plans to do Leadville because of a schedule conflict, and it remains to be seen whether he’d be able to squeeze it in somehow. I’ll keep you posted."
By Yokota Fritz
My old friends in Colorado report tremendous participation in the 2007 Bike To Work Day in the Centennial State. In the Denver region, a record 23,000 cyclists rode their bikes to work today, an increase of 12% over last year. "It was exhilarating to see so many riders out today," said Denver County Judge Ray Satter, a hardcore bike commuter who rides to work year-round, even in the rain, snow or ice. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is a enthusiastic recreational cyclist; he also participated in the event.
Longmont Times-Call: Bikes, pancakes abound. "As of 8 a.m., about 100 people had stopped by for a bite to eat, said city associate civil engineer Len Marques. “I can tell by the number of sausages, actually,” said Marques, who helped organize city efforts to mark the alternative transportation day. (Len is a personal friend of mine and fantastic guy).
9 News Video: Thousands participate with video of morning anchor Susie Wargin's 28 mile commute. I seem to recall another 9News reporter who's a hard core cyclist who was fired after she appeared nude in a magazine or website somewhere... What was her name?
Shame on the news sources in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction who make no mention of Bike To Work festivities in those cities! Even the Greeley Tribune in Weld County at least publicized Bike To Work Day in a positive way.
Order the Bicycle Colorado Jersey and show your support for bicycling in Colorado. $49 for Bicycle Colorado members, $55 for non-members. Jerseys will be shipped beginning in July. Order from Bicycle Colorado.
By Yokota Fritz
Bike To Work Day in the Boulder / Denver area will take place on June 27, 2007. Visit DRCOG's BTWD site to register for the event, order t-shirts, view breakfast station maps, and see the sponsors who support Bike To Work Day in Denver and Boulder.
Of the 50 breakfast stations in Boulder County (population 290,000), 35 are in the city of Boulder (population 100,000). In some parts of Boulder there are two or three breakfast stations per block, and it's a tremendous opportunity to pick up lots of schwag and fill your larder with fruit, bagels, energy bars, and sports drinks. It's all great fun.
Downtown Denver will also be thick with bike-to-work breakfast stations, with more breakfast stations scattered around Broomfield, Thornton, Westminster, Thornton, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Glendale, Aurora, Englewood, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and all the way in Parker.
If you register, you're entered in a drawing for some fantastic prizes: Two round trip tickets from Frontier Airlines, high value gift certificates to Dick's Sporting Goods, two Westword concert tickets, and more.
More Denver Boulder area Bike To Work Day resources
Buzz Feldman, owner of High Gear Cyclery and a League Certified Instructor, teaches the Road 1 class to his staff at High Gear Cyclery in Longmont, Colorado.
Buzz Feldman, the owner of High Gear Cyclery in Longmont, Colorado, is a personal friend of mine and I'm glad he's received this recognition. He and his staff are all first class, and Buzz has personally put in thousands of hours of his time and plenty of his money into promoting cycling for transportation in Boulder County.
High Gear Cyclery has been identified as one of the top 12 bike shops in the nation, as ranked by members of the League of American Bicyclists. During the past summer, the Gluskin – Townley Group, LLC, conducted a survey of League members. Members were asked the name and city of their one favorite bike shop. Among the reasons given were: A commitment to customer service; Support for local bicycling activities and programs; The attitude of the shop owner and staff. As a result, the League recognized High Gear Cyclery as the Consumer’s Choice Bicycle Shop in Colorado. High Gear Cyclery is located at 504 Main Street, Longmont, Colorado.
By Yokota Fritz
In April 2003, Bruce McGrew opened Pro Cycling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. McGrew needed a manager, so he hired William Reeese Houghton to manage his store.
Houghton was an experienced bike store manager, starting at age 17 at online retailer Colorado Cyclist as a warehouse stocker. He worked his way up to become General Manager before leaving Colorado Cyclist in 2002.
In 2003, McGrew lost $400,000. He lost $280,000 in 2004 and $110,000 in 2005, so McGrew hired a consultant to figure out where the money was going.
It turns out Houghton was fired in 2002 from Colorado Cyclist for stealing from that store. At Pro Cycling, Houghton listed shop inventory on eBay, used the shop's FedEx account to ship the merchandise, and pocketed the revenue. Houghton stole $375,000 from McGrew, and made $147,605 in his venture.
Under Dan's direction, Bicycle Colorado has grown to have a four-person staff with a $300,000 budget. Dan has a graduate degee from the non-profit business program at the University of Wisconsin. To successfully allow a bicycle advocacy organization to thrive, Dan tells me that it's necessary to understand fundraising, finance, management, marketing, and boards.
Beyond that, however, Dan is motivated by the mission of Bicycle Colorado. To that end, Bicycle Colorado works with local groups in Colorado to get a group connected and rolling. Many groups have started this way in Douglas County, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Winter Park, Jefferson County and elsewhere.
I asked Dan what people can do in their cities to promote cycling. He answered,
One of the most often overlooked (and underrated) is being an ambassador for bicycling every time you ride. Knowing and following the rules of the road and trail project a positive image of bicycling to the public and our opponents.
People promoting rights for vehicles other than bicycles love to point to examples of discourteous or dangerous behavior by bicyclists. We have total control to nullify this argument by simply following the rules. By following the rules you are far less likely to be in a crash and in the rare chance that you are, you will have better protection in the legal system.
The other is way to make a difference is definitely cliché, but our governmental decision making process is dominated by people who show up. It is much easier for a transportation official to overlook the rights of bicyclists when there is no bicyclist in the room.
Transportation decisions are happening every day in every community in Colorado. Many of the decisions made today won’t be implemented for five to thirty years so the sooner we “show up,” the sooner things start getting better.
I know coming out of college, politics was a turn off for me and I felt like I couldn’t have any influence on the system. What I have learned since is exactly opposite! I want bicyclists to know we most definitely can have tremendous influence and the system can work in our favor. But it won’t happen on its own. We each need to add just a little time, energy, and money and the gains will be substantial.
So my advice is to get connected with your local advocacy group and send a check to each of your local, state, and national bicycle advocacy groups. For less than the cost of a tank of gas, you can add horsepower to the bicycle movement.
What if a city has an active and effective advocacy group? Should others try to be involved?
I would challenge an uninvolved bicyclist to ask themselves some important questions: Are you pleased with how bicyclists are treated in your community? Are there bike lanes and paths along your favorite routes? Are motorists respectful and courteous? Do you feel safe on your bike? Is your business or school accommodating to bicyclists? Do local businesses welcome customers who ride bikes? Is your community reducing pollution? Are residents healthy and active?
A community with a fairly active bicycle advocacy community is probably making some nice progress, but transportation change is slow by nature. The more people we have working for improvements, the sooner they will happen. Sitting on the sidelines and letting other people do the work and pay the bills won’t produce substantial change in the near future.
We need to be impatient. We need to understand the time to make time is now.
I believe the way to get involved is through your local bicycle advocacy group. By coordinating efforts and working on specific campaigns, we can accomplish tremendous things.
What about the area where there is no cycling advocacy? How can the cyclist begin to make changes?
I think this probably the most exciting scenario a bicyclist can be in. Since nothing is happening right now, this is a situation where they have potential to make tremendous gains.
The first thing to understand is that you are not alone. Hundreds of bicycle advocacy groups across the nation have started in the exact same situation. Thunderhead Alliance is the collection of those experiences. Getting plugged into their knowledge base and training system is a “fast forward” to success.
My message is that it takes a group to really affect change. Building an organization builds power and credibility. It also provides more people help share the load.
Bicycle Colorado’s mission keeps our efforts focused on statewide decisions and programs. Our intention is to improve the actions of the state’s transportation department so that communities who look to the state for leadership will also adopt bicycle friendly policies.
The real power at the local level comes from the community’s citizens. A group made up of outsiders doesn’t carry as much weight as one made up of people who live there. Bicyclists in individual communities have to take the first step. They have to stand up and begin asking why bicyclists’ rights are being pushed aside. When they begin to take action, everything changes.
Colorado county seeks bike ban from public roads
Just ban crashes. If you make it illegal to crash, nobody will do it. Simple as that.
Funny that you consider regulations on a public roadway communistic. Public roads are communistic! It is odd to me how terms like communism and terrorism represent things we don't like, and have lost their true meaning.
This is ridiculo.us
Lobbyists + Preaching Fear + Tyranny = Disaster
"We're saying to our lobbyist to look at the possibility of having some discretion on what roads can have bike traffic and which cannot."
County Attorney Wakeman said state law gives cities and incorporated towns authority to regulate cycling on roads, but the law is unclear when it comes to counties.
"we have stacks and stacks of e-mails from citizens that live there (opposing cyclists)." Jack
Denver bike share coming
Boulder's indoor velodrome on TV news
Boulder Velodrome grand opening December 1
This is hilarious that the paper there (the Daily Camera) is being called "The Daily Comrade." Ha!
I lived in Boulder for 24 years and saw that area go from junkyard to nice park. Now there will be a velodrome in it - that's great! That is at the opposite end of town from the stores and so on, so it will attract people to a more empty area, which will be good.
Looks like a delayed a little. Follow the progress on 303cycling
Thanks for the update, 303.
Tim DeFrisco Denver bike messenger photos
Free bicycles in Denver video
Denver police: REI is a terrorist den
Total overreaction to this. What are they supposed to say? "Guys, if you happen to find a house filled with bike helmets, shields, gas masks, and cases of nails, what ever you do DON'T BE SUSPICIOUS". I have no doubt that the Denver PD has done some pretty shady things, but yours seems to be the wrong reaction.
=v= When I was arrested for riding my bicycle during the RNC four years ago, some NYPD officers tried to taunt us by telling us utter nonsense about ourselves in a knowing manner. It was actually pretty comical. I recognized the nonsense from the tabloids, so I just assumed that these officers were Daily News readers.
Later I learned that the tabloids got their material from the FBI and the NYPD top brass, who'd also used it to misinform their officers with a series of "intellegence" bulletins.
If you've got time to slog through a big ol' 600-page PDF file, you can compare and contrast the NYPD's bulletins with the DPD's.
Overreaction, considering what happened April 4 - and just how much else has happened that wasn't caught on tape? I don't think so. Re-interpreting situations as least or most suspicious is a pretty common way to justify blatant injustice. Hey, as long as *you're* not a victim then it's a whole lot safer to side with the guy who's got the power.
=v= Camping has commenced. Violently, one presumes (if one is to believe that bulletin).
Wonder what would happen if everyone in Denver called the police non-emergency number every time they saw a bicycle or bicycle helmet?
Bicycle excise tax pays for trail network
I think its a fair and decent funding source. I would be more than happy to throw in $4 towards trails/facilities for bikes everytime I purchase a new one (not very often, therefore its not a big deal)
I assume you mean El Paso County CO and not El Paso County TX. El Paso, TX (County Seat of El Paso County) is not a very bike friendly place, FYI.
Correct, El Paso County in Colorado.
Colorado cyclist hits bear
on my my cycle tour i just finished, we saw a bear in northern california. it was just hanging out on a section of the old 101 in humboldt county. the second we came around the bend he split, though.
Couple of guys hit a bear on the Kancamagus Highway in NH back in the 1990s. We used to see them a lot while mountain biking. My wife saw a young one last week while riding to the library. No contact, though.
Colorado legislatures attack cycling on Bike To Work Day
It's funny as republicans that they don't realize the market has come up with cargo bikes to solve the issue of hauling children. I left both of them a message pointing to http://www.rideyourbike.com/kids.html
I loved growing up in Colorado but there are a lot of times I simply do not miss it. I don't get it - I guess growing up in Boulder/Niwot is sort of like growing up in Austin, you just don't realize you are just an island in the middle of a bunch of hilljacks. First the Larimer County Sheriff and now this.
I dated a girl from Loveland once and her parents always eyed me with suspicion, because I was from "Whacko-land"
“I’d like to see how they expect a mother of three in my district to get her kids to school and to buy groceries for her family using a bicycle.”
He is right. The average suburban Mom is not going to ride a long way to get groceries, take kids to school, etc. That is why the far out suburbs will be the slums of the future.
If he is concerned about the future of his district, he should focus on urbanizing the burbs before his constituents all move someplace where they can walk and ride.Murph: you gotta love what Broomfield did to escape that island of Boulder County. :-) And I seem to recall some people in Longmont wanted to merge into Weld County not long ago.
I don't know if you've been up to Larimer County lately, but they have their own sprawling mess stretching from Berthoud into Fort Collins along US 287. The state even built a bypass around Berthoud to move all of that commuter traffic around the town.
Cezar: I'm disappointed in their lack of awareness on a lot of issues that impact their districts, some of which James alludes to in his comment. Penry & McNulty mock the thriftiness of bicycling, but then push their own ludicrous proposals.
James: Douglas County, Colorado is completely unsustainable and not just because of energy issues. I think many suburbs can adapt to life in a lower carbon future, but the sprawling burbs south, east and north of Denver will return to prairie and, maybe, ranchland if the current residents leave any fossil ground water behind. Much of Douglas County, for example, depends on non-renewable groundwater.
Yech, is that a map? I think I'm going to be sick.
I get the displeasure of occasional business trips to Ft Fun. I stay in Niwot at my parents and commute. Have not yet tempted fate and done it on my bike - I'd have to do some serious soul searching on a map given I used to bike to Loveland on US-287 and doubt that would be a reasonable route now. I'd probably go back past Carter Lake or something or try to find some backroad east of I-25.
I used to ride Longmont to Loveland all the time on 287 -- it's no problem at all besides a few narrow spots on the way to Berthoud. SInce then wide shoulders have been added to 287 to Loveland. From Loveland to Ft Collins, Taft Road is the preferred cycling route, IIRC.
How ironic, Republicans that preach against big government get exactly that when they fail to see bikes as part of the solution. Motorized driving requires more and wider roads, higher maintenance costs, more law enforcement, more court time, more insurance, more accidents, more gas stations, and more government oversight. Jack
Personally I can't stand it when people write "peddle" when they should write "pedal."
I noticed "peddle" in the press release also. It seems to be a fairly common mistake because the spell checker doesn't catch it. At least the part of speech is correct in this instance. I read a news story the other day somewhere where "peddle" was used as a noun.
Colorado bike to work day
funny, i just googled for where to sign up about 20 minutes before this post came across my blog reader! -josh/jasper9890
Colorado bike haiku
Fritz,thanks for looking. The kids are already asking about the fall session.
Excellent. I went to Niwot Elementary and if I had asked my parents to drive me to or from school they would have whupped my butt. Of course, that was 1976. Good to hear St Vrain Valley is taking back the 70's.
Bicycle education material in Spanish
Will it be available on line (like LIB stuff is, on PDF)?
I don't think their English language material is available online, so probably not. It's a good suggestion, though.
...no doubt about it...this is a worthwhile venture from both an educational standpoint & the simple concept of reaching out to the latin community...
(we've had people asking for it and I think it might be in the works here.)
Colorado teacher continuing education
9% of Boulder commuters commute by bike
Does somebody have a subscription? I'd like to see where Philly is but I don't wanna pay.
I can't find the 2006 data for Philly -- perhaps somebody with better Internet sluething skills can find that info from the U.S. Census website?
Motorcycles aren't SOVs? Nothing against motorcycles, I'm just trying to figure out why they were considered separately. Is driving a motorcycle significantly different from driving a small car? Is it difficult to find safe motorcycle parking? Et cetera?
Good life cyclist
Denver 16th Street Pedestrian Mall
that's fucking bullshit, man.
Crazy but so typical! I wonder whether such silly decision making is required to get a government job or it just automatically happens once a paycheck from the public is received? Jack
Wiens vs Flandis @ Leadville 100
I have my shots up as well. Only a few of the pro's though. Crewing these races is hard work!
Tom Danielson at the Mount Evans Hillclimb
Today I rode (slowly) the Mt. Evans Hillclimb. Danielson and Moninger went past the "citizens" group as if we had all stopped. Tom was leading with Scott hanging tightly on his wheel. I dont yet know the official times for either man but given the mild temperature and non-existent wind, I'll be surprised if the Tom's record time is not shattered. Both are amazing riders and I am very pleased (and humbled) to have been part of this event.
I was a spectator at the Hillclimb today and can confirm that Danielson and Moninger were flying up the hill in an unnatural fashion. The winning time, however, was about a minute slower than his record. Second fastest time ever; buzz in the group that riders from Rocky Mounts team gave Danielson a 'lead out'on the early flatter portion of the climb, an effort which left those riders completely spent. Wonder if they were paid for their efforts?
One of the highlights today was watching the top juniors sprinting up the hill past a line of stunned cat 4s.
Bicycle lending library
Rumor Mill: Lance Armstrong in Leadville
Friday Bicycling posted an article that basically confirmed that Lance plans on racing at the Leadville 100.
Colorado Bike to Work Day news
I would have been there but for my job is in Tennessee.... where the words "work" have yet to connect with "Bike" and "to" as a public event... I did ask for a shower at my place of employment and got a very fast and simple...No.
My son was one of the 23,000 in Denver.
Tis nice to here the 12% increase!
Here in the UK it was Bike Week last week. I can't say I noticed any differenced on my daily route. It certainly requires a higher profile here. Despite all the green issues in the daily news, people will not give up their cars.
We had a decent turnout for our office in Pueblo.
Bicycle Colorado jerseys
Denver Boulder Bike To Work Day 2007
After a six state tour to get cities to sign the International "Bill of Rights for Pedestrians and Non-motorized Cyclists," Still no word from the City of Denver nor Boulder. The highest number of SUV drivers per capita, in the US are in Boulder County and they have no interest in signing this simple document?
Using a Bike to Work Day to suggest an alternative to cars is about as effective as a "1% For Peace" that companies were touting years ago. How about a "Bike to Work Week" if you are serious?
The Car Free Life BoR has made it to 6 EU countries and I am hoping Denver/Boulder will want to be the first Colorado Cities to give signatures in support of the worlds 5 billion daily pedestrians who live without a car.
Please contact me if you feel you have an interest in promoting the values for positive change outlined at www.carfreelife.org.
Thank you kindly
Colorado Consumer’s Choice Bicycle Shop
Bike shop manager Bill Houghton
OMFG that is sooooooo wrong. That's like being a bike thief (which, for me, ranks up there with guys who hit women) but worse. Wow.
To bad most of the people reading this and other articles on this subject do not realize that Houghton is actually a part OWNER and that Bruce McGrew is a crook and doped up drug head along with his so called consultant.
Anonymous, would you mind providing some more information along with your bona fides? I'm interested in learning more.
Dan's guide to cycling advocacy