Not surprisingly, bicycle advocacy groups are trying to get the little town of Black Hawk, CO, to overturn its recent ban on riding bikes on its streets. The ban, enacted in January this year, claimed to be done to improve safety despite zero record of bicycle accidents or fatalities in the city.
Bicycle Colorado reports that local police are issuing fines for cyclists riding through the town’s single paved road, which happens to be part of a popular ride that connects the Peak to Peak Highway with Central City Parkway. While Bicycle Colorado works to overturn the ban, Adventure Cycling has posted alternate routes for those cycling through the area, putting cyclists over Berthoud Pass.
Overturning the ban is important even for those that may never ride through Black Hawk. If it’s let stand, it could set a dangerous precedent for other cities looking to ban cycling on their streets. You can help by emailing or calling Black Hawk’s city council here: CityClerk@CityofBlackHawk.org or 303-582-2212. You can also donate to Bicycle Colorado’s legal fund here.
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