February 3, 2011--This bill for bicycle access faces a critical vote any day. Please contact your state House Representative and ask for their support of House Bill 1092.
Why House Bill 1092 Matters
Freedom to Travel
One of America's economic cornerstones is the freedom for people to travel from state to state and from town to town. Residents and visitors are being banned from travelling to sections of the state when using a bicycle. These restrictions on people's travel hurt the 29% of Coloradoans without a driver's license (2009-2010 CDOT Fact Book.) HB 1092 ensures people's ability to travel across the state.
Colorado can't afford to ban bicycling in its communities. Bicycling is the second most popular Active Outdoor Sport in Colorado as reported by the Outdoor Industry Foundation's 2009 study. Colorado Active Outdoor Recreation:
- Contributes over $10 billion annually to Colorado's economy
- Supports 107,000 jobs across Colorado
- Generates nearly $500 million in annual state tax revenue
Black Eye for Colorado Tourism
When a Colorado public road is closed to legal bicycle travel, it makes international news. News of bicycle bans was published in major daily papers in England, Australia, and Canada for example. According to a CDOT study, 699,000 people ride a bike each year while visiting the state. Colorado's economy can't afford to tell visitors bicyclists aren't welcome here.