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Black Hawk Colorado Bans Bicycles

A town in Colorado has banned bicycles from all streets in the town. Cyclists are upset and angry. Bicycle Colorado is staging a protest at the state capitol on Tuesday evening June 29.

Adventure Cycling is putting out a warning since one of their published routes goes through Black Hawk.

The League of American Bicyclists too is making a lot of noise.

Part of me says this is outrageous. How dare they ban cyclists!!!

Another part says to get a grip. Black Hawk is a gambling, hotel, and restaurant town with casinos being the big draw. They advertise to leave anyone under 21 at home. If you’ve seen photos of the tour busses coming into town and all the traffic, this isn’t a place I would want to ride. I rode into Gatlinburg TN while doing BRAT in 2008 and that wasn’t a place I wanted to ride either.

The ordinance seems to say that they are simply asking cyclists not to ride the 0.5 mile stretch. Walking ones bike is allowed.

There are lots of places where cycling isn’t allowed: most interstate highways, some streets in Wilmette, portions of Sheridan Road, on the Mackinac Bridge, some tunnels near Yellowstone National Park, etc.

Is this ban more egregous since it is the only way though town with no alternate routes? Let me know what you think.

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Posted on: Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 10:00 am

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