Bringing Bicycle-Friendly Driver courses to western Colorado
Since last October, Bicycle Colorado educators have taught more than 60 Bicycle-Friendly Driver or Auto-Friendly Bicyclist courses in 28 communities across Colorado. In May alone, I made two trips out to western Colorado, where I enjoyed getting to know local bicycle advocates in both Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.
The first weekend in May I visited Glenwood Springs with Mo, our education program manager, to teach a League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling course and a Bicycle-Friendly Driver course. We got to know bicyclists of all levels and learned about the work that Glenwood Springs Bicycle Advocates is doing. The group’s leader, Steve Smith, says that his favorite part of bicycling in the area is the “combination of good bicycling networks, enthusiastic cyclists, courteous and supportive drivers, and mild weather.” I have to agree with Steve; it was tough to leave!
Steve also shared some of their success stories, all of which come back to relationships. The advocates in Glenwood Springs have built relationships with both city and state transportation staff, allowing them to identify issues, communicate recommended solutions and work together to make safer places to ride.
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