From today's Opinion Section of the DailyCamera
Cyclist Ticketed at Stop Signs
Today, June 20, I was one of apparently many people ticketed by the Boulder County Sheriff's Department while riding my bike through Jamestown. My crime? I failed to put my foot down and come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Instead, I slowed to a crawl, looked to see if anyone was coming from the left side (no one was) and proceeded when I determined it was safe.
Apparently, the failure to actually put a foot down makes me a hazard to society. How frustrating when I'm one of the cyclists who actually supports stronger enforcement of single-file riding on winding roads when there is no wide shoulder or bike lane, and who actually supports policing of downhill speeding cyclists. I strive to be safe, and a $111 ticket -- no warning -- is my reward.
Furthermore, the officers came today to Jamestown with the goal of harassing cyclists. There were 4-5 police officers standing about 20 feet back from the stop sign, just pulling us over one by one, giving no one any warnings. No wonder the Boulder County Sheriff's Department has such a bad relationship with the cycling community. Thanks a lot, guys.
Years ago I took a motor marshall class offered by the Highway state department of Colorado and the teacher whom is also the same guy who taught all motorcycle cops how to ride their motorbikes said that we (motorcycles) do not have to stop and that he does not expect his riders to stop at signs, simply coming to a 2-4mph stop was good enough... and we even practiced that in our class!!
Flagstaff road limitations for Cyclist
use for safety
Flagstaff Road is an amazing experience. It probably has more divergent "reasons to be there" than any other road in Boulder County. The thrill of driving along an edge if you are a newbie, an unending exercise path for an astounding number of in-shape individuals, a scenic drive with aerial views, romantic parking spots, geologist dream come true, abundant wildlife, rocks that invite you to stop and "climb me" and the great adrenaline rush for drivers making the decision to pass a bicyclist.
I would like to ask the city of Boulder to give the road a window of opportunity for large vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers which must go up the road and do not have the power to accelerate past a focused, hardworking bicyclist. When I take my horses up the mountain and the horse trailer wheels feel like they touch the yellow line on the left and the white line on the right it is an experience that includes much prayer. And there are many prayers being said behind the horse trailer of "why me, why now, please let him pass the bicyclist."
A one-hour window on the road during daylight where bicyclist could not "go up" (and if already on the road would stop and stand aside) would be so nice. Just one hour out of one day seems fair to me. It would stop that one crazy moment when a young driver in a fast car decides to pass the trailer, truck, bicyclist on a curve.
Why not just get rid of the centerline?