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Boulder Police Arrest Suspect Accused of Stealing Bicycles
Boulder police today arrested a 38-year-old man they believe to be responsible for the theft of 43 bicycles between May and September, including the five bikes stolen from the Boulder High School mountain bike team during last September's flood.
The bikes are worth a total of $147,000, according to Boulder police.
None of them have been recovered.
Denver Selected for National Project to Improve City Bike Lanes
Nation’s leading bicycling movement, PeopleForBikes, to help six selected U.S. cities build protected bike lanes
BOULDER, Colo. (Mar. 10, 2014) – The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has selected Denver as one of six new U.S. cities to join its intensive two-year program to build better bike lanes. Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create low-stress streets and increase vitality in urban centers through the installation of protected bike lanes. The six cities were chosen from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.
Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to make riding a bike an appealing option for more people.
“It was extremely difficult to narrow down our selection to just six cities; we are seeing an upsurge of interest in accommodating bikes on busy city streets,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation. “Denver has ambitious goals and a strong vision supported by the elected officials and community. They are poised to get projects on the ground quickly and will serve as an excellent example for other interested cities.”
Denver will install its first protected bike lane in late spring of this year when it introduces an element of vertical separation on the 15th Street Bikeway downtown. Denver is also embarking on a planning effort to identify more opportunities to install protected bike lanes in the city. By designing facilities that are attractive to more people, Denver hopes that 15% of commuting trips will be made by biking and walking by 2020.
“Walk, bike or ride – Denver is focused on strengthening our multimodal culture here in the city. We have worked hard to make significant progress in expanding our bicycle infrastructure in the last few years,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Now, we look forward to being part of the Green Lane Project and exploring how we can increase designated spaces on the road for people on bikes and more possibilities for additional high quality bike facilities.”
In the first two years of the program (2012 and 2013), the Green Lane Project worked closely with other major U.S. cities – Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC – to build protected bike lanes. Since then, the number of protected bike lanes on city streets nationwide has nearly doubled from 80 to 142 – with more than half of all growth coming from the Project’s six focus cities. The founding cities will continue as mentors to the new class while continuing to build their bicycling networks with the momentum driven by the Project.Protected bike lanes bring predictability to busy streets: drivers like knowing where to expect riders, and pedestrians report fewer bikes on the sidewalk. The lanes make roads safer for all users, reducing bike, auto and pedestrian injuries by up to 50%.
Protected lanes also add vitality and energy to the street, attracting new businesses and helping create a community people want to be in, not just move through. In New York City, local businesses on the 9th Avenue corridor saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales after the construction of protected bike lanes, compared to only a 3 percent increase citywide.
To learn more, visit www.greenlaneproject.org.
About the Green Lane Project
The Green Lane Project is a program of the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, a movement to unite millions of people to improve bicycling in America. The Project helps cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It is focused on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts.
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Bike & Pedestrian Bridge over I-25 to start soon
From Denver Post
Construction on the Colorado Center Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge near Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 25 is set to begin March 17 and be operational in late summer 2015.
The $8 million project will be an arch-type structure with access ramps on each end. It will cross I-25, landing at Cherry Street on the north side of the highway and the Colorado Light Rail Station to the south.
Buttocks Grabbing Cyclist in Longmont
From Daily Camera
Longmont police said Thursday that they're looking for a suspect who's reported to be grabbing women's buttocks after approaching them from behind and riding by them on a bicycle.
The man is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, a darker skinned Hispanic with short black hair who's about 6 feet tall with a slim build.
Cmdr. Jeff Satur said the most recent buttocks-grabbing incident on the city's northeast side happened on Wednesday.
Cyclists Season of Potholes
Potholes and gravel are big problems this time of year for cyclists and ones that have to be dealt with unless you want to either not ride or hop on the trainer. Here are some tips to deal with these dangers
- Be aware that potholes can often exists in places hard to see such has shadows from trees or buildings.
- Be very careful when drafting, especially in packs larger than 5 as the riders behind are VERY dependent on front riders to call out potholes. Some will ride just to the left or ride of the front cyclist to give them their own view of the road ahead.
- Riding on gravel is not in it self dangerous but changing your velocity or direction can be so give yourself lots of time to slow down for an upcoming turn. Worse yet is when the shoulder/path is clear of gravel/sand but the corner is and is not noticed until it is too late. Be defensive against road conditions and during this time of year expect nearly all corners to have some level of gravel on it, regardless of what the lead up to the corner is like
- Be VERY careful on the front break in gravel/sand, you can use it but too much and you will be down a lot sooner than you would have ever expected!
- Use training tires like Gator skins. Some cyclists avoid the wonderful shoulders because of fear of flats or scratches from sand being kicked up. Training tires do amazing job or preventing flats and while they may weigh a bit more the time you save and the risk you avoid can be worth it.
So what are your suggestions/tips for avoiding potholes and riding with gravel/sand?