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Opening negotiations for a new transportation funding bill are at a critical point. The good news is that both parties at the state capitol agree that Colorado has a major transportation funding shortfall. The bad news is without your support, the proposed solution may not include good bicycling and walking funding. Let’s unite to make bicycling and walking a major part of any proposed solution.
Bicycling and walking improve communities through safer roads, healthier residents and increased local tourism. We need your help to make sure biking and walking needs are met. With more than $330 million of biking and walking projects around the state awaiting funding, these options need to be a significant part of any transportation bill. Please take a minute to contact your state senator and representative and let them know that bicycling and walking are a big part of transportation!
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UPDATE: The bill passed the House Transportation and Energy Committee on Wednesday, February 8. Bicycle Colorado testified in favor and is pleased that the bill now moves to the full house for a vote. We will send out an alert once action is needed. Thank you to everyone who spoke up during round one!
Have you ever been riding your bicycle and been subjected to an intentional blast of black diesel smoke from a passing vehicle? This alarming action called “rolling coal” is far too common. It’s not only a health hazard, it’s extremely dangerous to have your view of the road suddenly and completely obscured and can lead to crashes.
Rolling coal doesn’t just affect people traveling on bicycle or foot. Drivers caught in the cloud of black smoke can’t see and run the risk of getting in an accident. It’s a nuisance for people enjoying our city centers either by walking through them or dining outside. Finally, rolling coal can deter tourists from taking bicycling trips to and within Colorado.
Unfortunately, Colorado’s laws make it almost impossible for police to ticket coal rollers. Rep. Joann Ginal of District 52 (Ft. Collins) introduced a bill to help law enforcement cite this dangerous behavior.
UPDATE: The (unamended) bill will go before the House Committee of the Whole on February 21 for a second reading.
Bicycle Colorado supports bicycling for everyone. Therefore, we want to see the number of bicyclists grow and to make it easier for people to use bikes for everyday trips. Some trips are too long, too hilly, or have cargo too heavy (like children) for regular bikes to meet the need. Electric bikes (eBikes) can help solve the problem. Most often, they are used to replace car trips.
Bicycle Colorado helped Colorado to be one of the first states to define and legalize eBikes in 2009. This year, the eBike industry has come together to agree on a defined classification system to improve safety and enforcement. House Bill 1151 will align Colorado’s definitions with the national standards. It does not affect management of eBikes on public mountain bike and hiking trails.
eBikes get more people to bike and get people to bike more often. They help:
To learn more, visit PeopleForBikes’ eBike resource page.
UPDATE: On February 7, Bicycle Colorado joined several people from across the state to testify in favor of the Safety Stop Bill. The bill failed 3-2 (and therefore did not make it out of the Senate Transportation Committee). However, there was strong support from across the state. This conversation has to continue and we’ll see to it.
You can still sign our petition supporting the Safety Stop! We’re keeping it live to build on future efforts. Signing it will help us demonstrate support.
If you’d like to help our advocacy work, please consider joining, today. Thank you to everyone who testified, called or wrote on behalf of SB93.
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The 2017 bill proposed in the Colorado legislature by Senator Andy Kerr would have allowed bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield and red lights as stop signs if the coast is clear. Commonly referred to as the Idaho Stop, where a state law was first implemented in 1982, various versions of the Safety Stop are already in place in several Colorado communities. Having a single statewide law in place would help both motorists and bicyclists understand the law more easily and know where the practice is allowed.
A Safety Stop law would still require cyclists to yield to all traffic in the intersection as well as to pedestrians. A study of Idaho’s law found no evidence of a long-term increase in injury or fatality rates and bicycle injury rates declined by 14.5 percent in the law’s first year.
“This type of law can reduce conflicts on the roads and improve the flow of traffic by helping motorists not have to wait for a bicyclist to get going,” stated Dan Grunig, executive director of Bicycle Colorado. “While we work to have a more inclusive infrastructure for all people bicycling and walking, this is a step to help traffic move safely and efficiently within our current system.”
From the study’s conclusion: “There is no single measure as quick and cost effective for increased and safer cycling than to relax stopping rules for bicyclists. Stop signs and signals intended to discourage motor traffic have been placed in precisely the places where bicyclists most wish to ride, often without warrant for motorists let alone bicyclists, discouraging cycling and creating widespread noncompliance with a requisite backlash.”
From the study’s executive summary: “Considering permitting ‘Idaho Stops’ at four-way stop intersections, which would enable cyclists to determine whether to stop or yield based on traffic conditions in order to maintain their momentum. The study shows that only about one cyclist in 25 presently complies with the law to come to a complete stop. A pilot program to allow Idaho Stops at certain traffic signal intersections when traffic volumes are relatively low may also be considered.”