Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bicycle bans at the State Capitol

A measure seeking to keep Colorado roads open to bicyclists was touted today at the Capitol by its supporters.

House Bill 1092 by Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, and Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, says that cities and counties cannot ban bicyclists from public roads. Members of Bicycle Colorado joined Kerr speaking in favor of the measure at a press event before its scheduled vote Wednesday in the House.

“Coloradans are avid cyclists, and this bill ensures that residents and tourists are able to travel to every corner of our beautiful state,” said Kerr. “This bill ensures that this healthy way to commute, exercise and enjoy Colorado’s scenery is available to all.”

Allowing bike traffic became more of an issue for bicycle enthusiasts when the city of Blackhawk banned bikes from rolling through town last year. The ban forced riders to follow a 55-mile detour when touring a nationally promoted bike route featuring national parks in Colorado.

Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, said she’s not yet inclined one way or the other on the bill but has some concerns about prohibiting communities from exerting local control over their roadways.

“Each community should be able to make that choice (about bikes),” said Bradford. “I’m concerned that imposing such a ban could curtail a community from acting in their own best interests.”

Via – CoNewsAgency

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