Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Bike BanBy Steve Casimiro on February 5th, 2013
Call it one tiny step in the right direction, but Black Hawk, Colorado, will no longer be able to prohibit bikes on its streets. It wouldn’t much matter one way or another — folks don’t flock to Black Hawk to ride. But cyclists do come to ride the famed Peak to Peak Highway, Colorado Route 119, and because busy Gregory Street is the only direct link for riders to get there, and because that road is crammed with tour buses funneling gamblers to casinos, town fathers decided that the state’s rule mandating three feet between cars and cyclists was untenable and instead banned bikes altogether. Luckily, after three cyclists were ticketed in 2010 and appealed the ruling all the way to the state supreme court, the law has been overturned. Black Hawk officials say they have no plan whatsoever to make an alternate route more agreeable to cyclists, however, and are mulling how to accommodate bikes in the wake of the ruling. Via Denver Post.
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