State Patrol Ends the Cap on Bicycling Events -
Colorado is Open for Bicycling!
During a press conference on Tuesday, April 25 the Colorado State Patrol announced the end of its policy capping the size bicycle events previously set to begin December 2006.
Removing the 2,500 person limit on bicycling events is the result of a cooperative effort between the State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Bicycle Colorado to implement best practices for event safety and access for all road users.
“Bicycle events are important to the health and lifestyle of Colorado’s citizens,” confirms Dan Grunig, Director of nonprofit Bicycle Colorado. “Our working group found that good planning, education, and enforcement have a tremendous influence on safety.”
Bicycling events attract tourists to Colorado from all over the world, pumping millions into the state’s economy, boosting tax revenues and raising critical funding for local charities.
In addition to updating the Event Guidebook and Special Event Permit Application, key bicycling-related outcomes from this working group between the State Patrol, CDOT, and Bicycle Colorado include:
Best practices identified to promote safety during bicycling events
The State Patrol’s *CSP hotline to report aggressive driving may be dialed by bicyclists who observe unsafe driving that puts bicyclists at risk
Many event directors are taking additional steps to promote bicycle safety education, including new training classes and roadside signs with safety tips and reminders
Improved communication to work together to proactively keep roads safe
New support for developing complete streets that are designed to be safe for all road users
Bicyclists are pleased to have the State Patrol collaborating closely on bicycle safety. Their willingness to adopt an alternative to a cap on events shows their commitment to keeping rides safe and open for all.
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