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Bicycle Colorado rides along with state patrol

Scott Christopher of Bicycle Colorado recently joined Master Trooper Shannon Schwanke for a day patrolling Colorado roads. Trooper Schwanke said that he does stop bicyclists, usually to offer education on obeying traffic laws.  “I focus on unsafe situations that could put the bicyclist at risk,” said Schwanke.  Most enforcement during the ride-along involved speeding by motorists and expired vehicle registrations.  Bicyclists observed during the day were following the rules of the road.

Schwanke has two key messages for the bicycle community:  1) Bicyclists can be ticketed for traffic violations; 2) The best reaction to aggressive motorists is to report the license plate number to the Aggressive Driver Hotline (dial *CSP on your cell phone for Colorado State Patrol).

This full-day experience with the state patrol was an important component of Bicycle Colorado’s Share the Road program goals of education, communication and collaboration with state law enforcement.  Bicycle Colorado thanks the State Patrol for teaching us about their enforcement work and allowing us to directly observe it on the road.

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Bicycle Colorado is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Denver. We use advocacy, education and passion to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation. We encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for people who ride bicycles in Colorado. With the support of our members and numerous partnerships across the public and private sector, we’ve made significant strides in improving bicycling since 1992.


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