The recent community meeting for Deer Creek Canyon residents (and visitors) demonstrated in no uncertain terms the resentment many of the residents have for cyclists due, in large part, to the behavior of a minority of our brethren.
The complaints ranged from riding two or more abreast and blocking traffic, through stopping on the roadway, forcing motorized vehicles to make emergency maneuvers, to dropping trash and urinating on private property.
As someone who has been involved in these issues for many years, I am frustrated that we seem to be making so little progress. While the bicycle clubs demand and get exemplary behavior from their members on organized rides and there is ample information available on how to ride safely, it is the smaller ad hoc groups that appear to be the main culprits.
I do not believe that this issue is limited to Deer Creek Canyon but prevalent on many of the popular routes in our area.
Bike Jeffco has proposed infrastructure improvements for Deer Creek Canyon and we continue to work with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office on increased patrols. Some have suggested even more signs but this policy assumes that a) the culprits read the signs and b) they act on them. County Commissioner Don Rosier has vowed to see action on the larger problem.
A disturbing trend at these meetings over the last year has been the increased call by frustrated residents for the mandatory licensing of bicycles and the requirement to display a license plate. This will supposedly increase accountability of riders. While such a proposal at the State level would undoubtedly bring howls of protest from every cycling group in the State, it could find strong support from many community groups and HOAs.
A better alternative is for we cyclists to find and propose our own solution to this growing problem. To this end, we will devote the majority of the next Bike Jeffco meeting on Tuesday May 14, 7:00pm to 9:00pm to
Cyclists Behaving Badly
In other news, the Bike Jeffco booth at the West Line Light Rail Opening Party outside the Taj was a big success. The supply of our newly published route map of the West line bikeway was exhausted before the party ended. Our giveaway Cliff Bars were popular with those waiting in line for a return train. We will review the route at our meeting and identify improvements we would like to see. These have been requested by the County.
The County has proposed a number of bicycle related projects to CDOT for ‘RAMP’ funding. We’ll review these as well.
See you all next Tuesday, May 14, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Jeffco Government Center.
n Dave Evans
n Chair, Bike Jeffco
PS As the April meeting was canceled due to the inclement weather, I’ve attached the March meeting minutes