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Deadly Intersection in Boulder Critically Injures Cyclist

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According to the Daily Camera and Facebook, Terence 'T.J.' Doherty was critically injured as he was riding his bike on hwy 36 (28th street) and was struck by a car traveling west on 36 and turned left onto Violet. Sadly, from what is being posted on Facebook, the cyclist has passed away.

From the DailyCamera

Trooper Nate Reid said the cyclist was riding about 5 p.m. Sunday on Violet Avenue north of Boulder when a Volvo station wagon headed west on U.S. 36 turned left onto Violet and hit him. The driver of the Volvo, Kirk Condon, 59, didn't see him, Reid said.

Condon was ticketed on suspicion of careless driving. Reid said the charges may be amended if the victim dies

This very same intersection took the life of another cyclist in September 2009. Maybe it's time to take a study of safety at this intersection.

Cyclists Have Rights Appeals to Westminster for Road Improvements where Sidney Johnson was Killed

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Cyclists Have Rights will be attending the July 23rd Westminster City Council Meeting to ask the city council to approve the plans and funding to build safety shoulders on 100th Avenue in the upcoming budget cycle for 2012/13. 100th Avenue is the road where avid cyclist Sydney Johnson was killed last October: Sidney Johnson, Husband, Father, Avid Cyclist - Fatal Bike Accident in Wesminster

Cyclists Have Rights would like to have as much support as possible from Westminster cyclists at Monday evening's city council meeting. The Westminster City Council will meet in regular session this Monday, July 23rd. Meetings are at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. More details of the July 23rd meeting can be found on the City of Westminster site

Statement from Cyclists Have Rights to the City of Westminster:

Sidney Johnson, Oct 11, 1959 - Oct 11, 2011

Last Oct, Sidney Johnson went out for an afternoon ride on his bicycle. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon. It was Tuesday and it was Sidney's birthday.

On the return leg of his journey, travelling westbound along 100th Ave -- the route most cyclists, both commuter and recreational cyclists use to travel between Golden and Aravada, and Boulder County, Sidney was struck by an automobile and killed.

If you have ever driven on 100th Ave, between Simms and Alkire streets, you'll know it is a beautiful area, with a wonderful view of the mountains, views of Standley Lake, as well as the sprawling plains that make living in this part of Colorado so wonderful. You would also know that this stretch of road is very narrow, has no hard shoulders at all, and is often traveled by motorists going significantly faster than the speed limit.

The mix of these two realities makes riding a bicycle along 100th ave a treacherous endeavor. Unfortunately for those cyclists trying to move between Jefferson and Boulder counties, it is the least dangerous of the north-south corridors available.

30,000 spectator cap proposed for Flagstaff's Stage 6 finish

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How will cycling crazed fans of Boulder and Colorado be tamed on Stage 6 in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge? One of the methods proposed will be to limit the number of spectators on Flagstaff mountain. Officials are probably looking to prevent the chaos that apparently happened on Lookout Mountain's segment of last year's USA Pro Challenge. Wonder how much these free wristbands will sell for on the internet once someone gets their hands on them?

From the Daily Camera

The Boulder City Council on Tuesday will consider a recommendation by the city's Open Space Board of Trustees to limit the number of spectators on Flagstaff Mountain to 30,000. Under the plan, free wristbands would be distributed in advance of the Aug. 25 stage, with a maximum of five given out to any one person.


Fourmile Connector trail to Betasso set to open July 12th

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This Thursday at 3pm Boulder County officials will open the LONG awaited Fourmile connector to the Betasso trail system. This new trail will allow cyclist to avoid either the tunnel or the canyon link trail if they want to ride to Betasso. Many have hated the existing two options because the tunnel for many is just damn scary if you don't have a tail light and the link trail can be a pain if you don't have good legs or lungs and sometimes have to watch for the occasional bombing downhiller yelling "Straaaavvvvaaaa".

From Boulder County Website

The Boulder County Commissioners and Parks and Open Space department staff are hosting the grand opening of the .8-mile Fourmile Link Trail connecting Benjamin Loop with Fourmile Canyon Drive at Betasso Preserve on Thursday, July 12, at 3 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the bridge over Fourmile Creek.


Boulder Safe Street's new Heads Up Safety Campaign

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Born out of the recent Boulder Safe Streets Report that came out this past Febuary, a campaign to help improve safety at crosswalks is moving forward. According to the study 39% of all bike/auto accidents happen at crosswalks.

From pg 5 of the Safety Report

The new Heads Up, Mind the Crosswalk Campaign is to educate users of how these crosswalks work because by far the majority of the communities we grew up in crosswalks were non-existent or just white paint on pavement.


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