Looks like the county finalized their plan to reduce cyclist vs car tension in the Boulder Canyons, primarily Lefthand Canyon. Not much new to report from when we last reported on the Lefthand Canyon's Workgroup. For those who have not been following this story the county has created a workgroup consisting of residents (both cyclist and not) of Jamestown and Lefthand Canyon and cyclist from the Boulder Community to come together and discuss the problems at hand and possible solutions. We attended the workgroup's presentation about a month ago and we were VERY surprised by the level of tension in the group and it's negative attitude towards cyclist, below are a list of common complaints heard that evening
- cyclist riding at dusk with no lights or reflective clothing
- Loud conversational talking as riders enter Jamestown in the morning
- High number of cycling events in the canyon
- Lots of complaints about the new Bike Safety Law (think poor PR for cyclist)
- Use of cowbells for participants finishing a event one morning in Jamestown
- Team/group rides that sometimes include a team car
It was clear that many folks won't be every satisfied until every cyclist is gone and probably even population reduction takes place. However it is the belief of many that the list of improvements will make a different but as the person quoted int the Daily Camera story, "But it will be up to each and every one of us that use the canyons to reduce the tensions."
Official County Plan for Canyon Roads
List of Improvements
Place a temporary restroom facility at mile marker 11 in Lefthand Canyon to cut down on public urination and the use of facilities in Ward and Jamestown.
Install asphalt barriers by driveways to prevent runoff of dirt and gravel onto the main road.
Create paved bicycle pullouts to give cyclists a place to rest and congregate out of the stream of traffic.
Put up signs aimed at both cars and bikes to remind both parties of good etiquette. Signs might remind drivers to share the road or request that cyclists ride single file for a designated distance.
Add more bike racks in Jamestown and pullout for bicycle parking across from the fire station.
Increase patrols by sheriff's deputies on busy weekends and have some of those patrols conducted on bikes.