Cyclists 4 Community Raise $27,000 for Bicycle Colorado, Improved Signage

$27,000 Contributed to Bicycle Colorado
Capped in memory of Bill Davis, thanks to C4C supporters for competing this donation

C4C completed its goal of contributing $27,000 to Bicycle Colorado to help defray the cost of the community match segment of the $242,000 grant Bicycle Colorado received.  The monies are funding the digitization of Bicycle Friendly Driver content.

The program promises to create high quality online content regarding the laws for sharing the roads in Colorado.  That content can be scaled to reach tens of thousands of road users.  It can be adapted for multiple applications like drivers ed courses, insurance company use, and diversion classes for cited road users.

The capping donation was made in memory of Bill Davis who was killed by an intoxicated driver in 2016.

Thank you to the dozens of people who contributed to this matching campaign in which every donation was matched by funds from C4C’s treasury.

And thanks to Bicycle Colorado for their ongoing work on this project.  The proverbial “ounce of prevention,” education and awareness have the power to prevent killed and seriously injured in the first place.

Working Towards an Improved Signage Standard

As part of its ongoing work, C4C is pleased to announce that Boulder County Transportation is proposing an update to some of its road signage.  A detailed updated sign plan will most likely be deployed first on the Lee Hill and Olde Stage corridors.

In brief, C4C is very happy about the systemic use of several signs including an updated version of the “3′ to pass” sign.

The “Bikes In Road/Lane” plaque (like below) is another change.

“Do Not Pass Bikes In Curves” and “Bikes May Take Full Lane” are also candidates for more use.  Additionally, Boulder County is examining posted speed limits as well as other policy and engineering considerations.

Boulder County has multiple, old mountain roads where the auto volumes and speeds plus cycling use have all gone way up but the roads have not changed accordingly which results in predictably dangerous conditions.

Building bike-able shoulders or similar costs millions of dollars per mile.  With “affordability” being a stated major goal of the County’s Transportation Master Plan, updating signage is a cost effective mitigation measure that can be applied where the data shows its need.

In an ideal world, updating signage helps shift the status quo mentality of auto-industrial convenience (“I’m in a hurry”) to a mentality of care and regard for life and property.

Thanks to Boulder County for its persistent and good work on this.

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