Boulder Cycling

Berthod Cyclist attacker avoids Jail time

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From the ReporterHerald of Fort Collins

It is being reported that the Berthold cyclist attacker will be avoiding jail time. His attack on a group of cyclist July 18th of 2010 around the town of Berthod with a baseball bat left the group terrorized one bike destroyed. The attacker, Bryce Barker, was found guilty of criminal mischief charge to $500 to $1,000, making it a Class 1 misdemeanor. The menacing with a deadly weapon charge is a class 5 felony.

Berthoud resident Bryce Barker will spend two years on probation but no time in the county jail for an attack on cyclists near his home – an incident surrounded by differing perceptions.

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“You totally misperceived the situation,” the 8th Judicial District judge said Tuesday while sentencing Barker for felony menacing and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

“You perceived a threat that just wasn't there ...You are guilty of these offenses as the jury found. You reacted inappropriately.”

Message on Motorist/Cyclist Working Group Boulder

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From Brandon Smith
Bicycle Planner/ Employee Transportation Coordinator
Boulder County Transportation Department


Motorist/Cyclist Working Group,

As the new Bike Planner for Boulder County, I’d like to introduce myself and say thanks for all the time and hard work that you have already put into improving relationships between motorists and cyclists in your community and on the roads. I have read through the information I could find of your past efforts and now would like to set up a meeting where I can meet you all, gauge the success of the implemented programs, talk about upcoming efforts, and ask for any additional ideas you all may have.

In a brief summary here is what has been implemented so far:

Walk and Roll is coming to a School near you Friday!

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Friday is Earth Day and for kids in the Boulder Valley School District it is Walk and Roll Day! and for some schools this is a week long event with Friday being the big day. If the name doesn't say it all, Walk and Roll is a day/week where kids are encouraged to learn a life skill and find green/healthy options to arrive at school, like by bike. Heatherwood Elementary school has been running a Walk and Roll campaign for the last 4 years and every year they have seen substantial growth in the number of kids participating.

For the Heatherwood kids and some other schools in BVSD, Walk and Roll is one day out of the entire school year for walking and biking and many schools tie this into their already running school year long Safe Routes to Schools program. Kids at Heatherwood Elementary receive recognition and awards for 5, 30 and 100 days of walking or biking and over 40 kids have already logged 100 days of biking or walking! Have you commuted by bike half as much since September? Who is really the teacher here?

This year Heatherwood Elementary received a Safe Routes to Schools mini grant to help kids with Autism join in on the Walk and Roll week. To make this possible they will be teaming up will Assisted Cycling Tours who has a fleet of tandems specially equipped for people with autism and they are located right here in the Denver area!!!

Bike to Work Day station help due by Friday

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Bike to Work is a long ways off but if your organization/company wants to help out you'd better jump fast, they need to know by Friday!

Your location must be able to provide the following:

  • Food and beverage for at least 50 people (some stations may require a higher minimum, based on location). Food/ drink must be such that if a participant is going to no other breakfast station than yours, they still will feel as if they had breakfast. A bagel and juice would qualify. Bars and water would not qualify. Samples alone do not qualify, unless there are enough samples to easily make a full meal. If you just have your one or two products you would like to sample, we will set you up with an established breakfast station where you may do that. Contact Sue at bikesue@gmail.com for details.
  • Minimum operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (breakfast station), 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (bike home station) advertised to the public.
  • Banners MUST be picked up at the banner pick up day on 15th (Location TBA) and returned to
    GO Boulder (1739 Broadway 2nd floor) by July 8th
  • Easy and safe access for bicycles, preferably on a bike path and not at a major traffic
    intersection.
  • Bicycle racks or a designated space for bicycle parking.

Louisville Crit - Post Race interview with Boulder Racing

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[303 Cycling]: As a promoter what was your experience with the chip timing system, how did it effect registration and post race results. Are there any bugs that still need to get worked out?

[Boulder Racing]: With any new changes or system there’s going to be some nervousness going into race day. However, our staff comes from a chip timing background, directing over 20 chip timed events in the last 3 years, so we were more excited than nervous. In terms of registration everything was super smooth and the ACA did a great job of educating the rider on proper chip placement etc.

We feel the key to a successful registration process is to encourage as much pre-registration as possible. The Louisville Crit saw record attendance on Saturday with perfect racing conditions. All pre-reg riders were able to walk up to the pre-reg line, simply sign their “pre-filled out” waiver, and walk away with their number. They saved the couple minutes it takes to fill out a full registration form and kept the registration line nice and short. On top of that all their information was already pre-entered into the chip system’s database, which saves the timing company valuable time before each race starts. Imagine a field size of 65+ riders and having to type all that data in 20min before each race start.

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