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Black Hawk ban update - Colo. cyclists action needed!
It's been awhile since we've shared an update on the Black Hawk, CO bike ban. According to our colleagues at Bicycle Colorado, a local judge has denied a request to dismiss the tickets ofthree of the cyclists ticketed as a result of the ban. The court's ruling can be found here. While these cyclists have yet to decide whether to appeal to a higher court, Bicycle Colorado is seeking a legislative solution.
House Bill 1092- Colorado Open Roads Act- states:
...that a local authority may not prohibit the operation of bicycles or electrically assisted bicycles on a street or highway unless a suitable bike path, horseback trail, or other trail is available within a specified distance for use as an alternate route and an engineering and traffic investigation has been done to determine whether the operation of such vehicles is incompatible with the normal and safe movement of traffic.
Colorado residents: contact your state legislators (find contact info here) and urge them to support House Bill 1092 (Kerr-Brophy). Let them know bicycle bans are bad for Colorado's bicycle and tourism industry and limit your freedom to travel by bicycle.