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  • 2015 - Annual chip sealing of county roads starts June 15

    Avoid construction zones, if possible

    Boulder County’s Transportation Maintenance Division will begin annual chip seal work on approximately 17-miles of county roadways on Monday, June 15. The work will take place from approximately 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting.

    Chip sealing work consists of applying asphalt to a road surface followed by a layer of one-quarter inch chips that essentially create a new layer on top of the road. A week after the chips are applied, crews return to the area to apply a sealant designed to help the chips adhere to the road. This work is followed by roadway striping operations.

    To aid in cycling safety, Boulder County uses a smaller chip size than is typically applied on other non-county maintained roads around the area. The smaller chip creates a smoother surface and reduces wear and tear on bicycles.

    Boulder County Transportation encourages motorists and cyclists to avoid unnecessary travel on the following roads on days that the chip application and sealing operations are taking place as there may be travel delays (sealing operations will take place one week after chip application):

    • Oxford Road from SH 287 to East County Line Road (1.89 miles)– Monday, June 15 chip application
    • North 119th Street from Oxford Road to Longmont city limits (2.89 miles) – Monday, June 15 chip application
    • North 115th Street from Oxford Road to Niwot Road (1 mile) – Tuesday, June 16 chip application
    • Niwot Road from North 115th Street to East County Line Road (1.53 miles) – Wednesday, June 17 chip applications
    • Sunshine Canyon Drive from Boulder city limits to CR 83 (5.34 miles) – Thursday, June 18 and Monday,
    • Ridge Road from SH 72 to Cold Springs Road (2.79 miles) – Wednesday, June 24 chip application
    • Hurricane Hill from Ridge Road to SH 119/Boulder Canyon Drive (0.71 miles) – Wednesday, June 24 chip application
    • CR 84 from SH 7 to SH 7 (0.91 miles) – Thursday, June 25 chip application

    Chip sealing operations are part of the county’s primary network roadway rehabilitation plan. The process is intended to extend the lifespan of the roadway and postpone larger reconstruction efforts that would require more expensive work and longer travel restrictions. Primary network county roads are typically chip sealed every six to eight years.

    While Boulder County Transportation Maintenance strives to complete all projects on-time, work is weather dependent and there may be delays due to rain or other unfavorable working conditions.

    For more information on the work, contact Andrew Barth, Transportation Department communications specialist, at abarth@bouldercounty.org

  • Cyclist killed near Fort Collins

    From the Coloradoan

    Emergency crews were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday on a report of crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist about one-quarter mile north of the intersection of Lemay Avenue and Vine Drive. Fort Collins police located a bicycle, a Dodge Durango SUV, and a Ford F-350 truck that was pulling a small boat.

    After a lengthy investigation Saturday, police determined 18-year-old Earl Ong, of Fort Collins, was traveling north on Lemay. Ong realized he was about to hit the truck in front of him, swerve to the right, and crashed into the cyclist, investigators said.

  • Hour Record Attempt at Boulder Valley Velodrome

    (Boulder, CO) Butter (wearebutter.com), purveyor of fine bicycle tools, announces an upcoming Hour Record attempt at the Boulder Valley Velodrome. This Sunday, June 7th, will see two attempts on the Hour Record. There is some guy in jolly 'ol England who will try...Woggi, or Wigoons, or something. If he manages to break the record, it is sure to be overshadowed by what is to come Sunday evening. At 7:30pm MDT, Francesco Assagrande, butter's venerable Test Team Rider, will take to the track at the Boulder Valley Velodrome in the thin air of Colorado. In what some might say is a questionable choice of equipment, he will set out to attempt to break the hour record on a Boulder B-Cycle. Although better suited for collecting groceries and ferrying oneself home after a night of heavy drinking, the Boulder B-Cycle dwarfs the bicycles of his competition with a weight of nearly 42 lbs.

    Francesco grew up competing on the tracks of his homeland, Australia. This record attempt will be quite the change for him, as the tracks here in North America flow the opposite direction. He is conducting a series of riding and equipment tests this week, leading up to his record attempt. Assagrande expects to finish the Hour Record attempt in just over 47 minutes citing great genes; his father could watch 60 minutes in under half an hour.

    When asked about being the second person to attempt the record on the same day, Assagrande replied, "Wiggins? Never heard of him. Well, no matter. I intend to break the record either way...60 minutes, or 54km, whichever comes first."

    Jon Tarkington, head coach for butter's fading star, lamented that while Assagrande was in fine form for a crack at the hour record, he was somewhat directionally challenged when riding on the track. Tarkington concedes however that "riding the wrong way on the track might be an efficient way to produce negative splits."

    See the attempt live at the Boulder Valley Velodrome, Sunday, June 7th. Plan to be there by 7pm to get a good seat. BYOB. The attempt will start promptly at 7:30pm.

    You can also stream the event live worldwide by visiting wearebutter.com. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #butterHour.

    For more information on butter, their fine bicycle tools and Francesco Assagrande, visit wearebutter.com.

  • Boulder removes car lanes to make way for bikes

    City transportation planners say this "right-sizing" effort will make bike travel safer and more appealing for older people, woman and families with children -- the groups that ride less now -- while having only a small effect on travel times and even reducing car crashes.
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    Each street will go from four car lanes -- two in each direction -- to one lane in each direction with a center shared turn lane. The loss -- or "repurposing" of one vehicle lane will allow 7-foot-wide bike lanes, compared to 5 ½ feet today and buffers ranging from 3 to 10 feet.

    Read all at Daily Camera

    Key to this test will be whether this new lanes will be more appealing to those who feel less comfortable with the standard bike lane seen so often around Boulder and the Front Range. It can be surprising the wide range of emotions on the standard bike lanes so commonly seen. Some absolutely love the standard lanes and surprising some still ride on sidewalks even in the presence of a bike lane in the street. Hopefully the haters will try getting out of their cars and give riding along these streets on their bike.

  • Police link Windsor homicide shooting of cyclist to incident on i-25

    From the Coloradoan

    Law enforcement has linked the John Jacoby homicide in Windsor to the case of a woman who was shot in the neck near Interstate 25 in Fort Collins.

    Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said the shootings appear to be random. Speaking at a Friday press conference in Windsor, he would not discuss weapons used or ballistics from the two scenes.

    As for whether people should feel safe traveling around Windsor and the I-25 northern corridor, Michaels noted the different locations, the amount of time between the shootings and the thousands of road miles traveled without incident.

    More on the original story and shooting Cyclist Fatally Shot in Windsor