Black Hawk, CO, Facing Opposition for its Bicycle Ban

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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Comments

topmounter - 06/12/10 - 1:26pm

Blackhawk / Central City would be an awesome place for a crit or circuit race.

Dismount! - 06/13/10 - 10:53pm

Yes, I agree, MORE people should ride there!! Dismount through town, show them how irritating that will be for everyone!

Kristibee - 06/14/10 - 8:32am

@Dismount! Don’t forget your website:
http://www.dismountblackhawk.com

Joe - 07/13/10 - 1:26am

This is the most absurd thing I’ve read in the last year. Is it legal to ride on the sidewalk then? What happens when someone plows over a sidewalk ped at 20 mph? F$&@ing ignorant city council.

[...] from the ban of bikes in Black Hawk, Colorado, St. Charles County in Missouri is considering banning bicycles on all roads without a shoulder. [...]

Scott Stoll - 07/16/10 - 10:20pm

I’ve cycled in over 50 countries and have never encountered a ban on bicycles other than freeways with restricted on ramps, and sometimes that is okay too. This is 180 degrees in the opposite direction of a sustainable world.

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