Navigate Colorado state parks with new trail maps

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If you’re a frequent user of trails in Colorado’s state parks, here’s great news: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has created 60 new trail maps that use color coding to show allowable uses on specific trails, indicated by mile marker.

The new maps include information such as elevation, trail length, trail surface and GPS grids, similar to USGS 24k topographic maps.

The free maps are available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

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New Colorado State Patrol video on Colorado’s 3 Foot Passing Law. AWESOME!!! So why can’t you find it?

This should be part of every driver’s education class and every grade-school class too.

This video was created by the Colorado State Patrol. It is clean quick and extremely well done. It explains Colorado’s 3 feet to pass law. The law requires motorists to pass a cyclist if there are at least 3’ between the vehicle and the cyclists. If not the vehicle must slow down.

The bad news, you can’t find it on the Colorado State Patrol website. In fact, you can’t find it anywhere except here. By right clicking on the post, I found it on YouTube here. But what a nightmare.

Anyway, back to the good job CSP did!

Colorado’s 3’ passing law called C.R.S. 42-4-1002 can be found here.

What happens?

There are several different options available to a cyclist or motorists if they see a violation of the 3’ to pass law or any other law.  The first is to notify the CSP. *277 (*CSP) on your cell phone connects you to the CSP dispatch. You can file a complaint with them by phone. This information is from the CSP website.

Remember, a complaint, unless a felony or injury without a license plate won’t get a response. (This is real life, not TV.)

It takes three complaints about the same license plate number before the CSP is going to respond. So in some (not all) cases it may appear that CSP or any other law enforcement agency is not doing anything.

An accident requires the law enforcement agency to respond.

Colorado also allows you to make a citizen’s arrest. I would use this power only when you have other witnesses or evidence of the crime. Here is the statute: C.R.S. 16-3-201. Arrest by a private person

A person who is not a peace officer may arrest another person when any crime has been or is being committed by the arrested person in the presence of the person making the arrest.

Furthermore, make sure you know the law that you are using to make the arrest.

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Bicycle Colorado Maintains and Event list for the Region

Check back frequently at Bicycle Colorado’s Event Page to stay on top of what is happening in the cycling world.

Each event listed is a strong supporter of Bicycle Colorado, helping with our efforts to strengthen bicyclingin Colorado. Please continue to visit this page as additional 2012 events are listed.

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May 12, 2012                     Gran Fondo Moab

May 19, 2012                     Buena Vista Bike Fest

May 26-28, 2012                 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

June 3, 2012                       Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

June 9-15, 2012                  The Denver Post Ride The Rockies

June 23, 2012                     Boulder Sunrise Century

June 27, 2012                     Colorado Bike to Work Day

June 30 July 1                     27th Annual Great-West Life Bike MS

July 14-15, 2012                 Triple Bypass

July 21, 2012                      Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hillclimb

August 4, 2012                    Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle

August 4, 2012            ColoBikeLaw.com Lookout Mountain Hillclimb

August 19, 2012                  Deer Creek Challenge

August 26, 2012                  Venus de Miles

Sept. 21-23, 2012               The Denver Post Pedal The Plains

October 6, 2012                  Tour of the Moon

October 20, 2012                VeloSwap and SportsExpo

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If you have a bicycle event scheduled for 2012 and would like to support Bicycle Colorado’s mission to continue creating a more bicycle-friendly Colorado, please contact Scott Christopher for information about becoming an event member.

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Help End the Hit and Run Loophole in Colorado. Support Bicycle Colorado!

Bicycle Colorado is working hard to make Cycling Safer in Colorado

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Bicycle Colorado announces support for the “End the Hit and Run Loophole” Act (HB12-1084) introduced in the Colorado House by Representatives Kathleen Conti (R) and Rhonda Fields (D). The act will increase the penalty for a hit-and-run crash causing serious bodily injury from a Class 5 felony to a more serious Class 4, removing a dangerous loophole in Colorado law by giving a hit-and-run offense the same penalty as drunk driving.

At present it is better to flee and avoid getting caught drunk than it is to stay at the scene.

Hit-and-run crashes disproportionately affect people who walk and ride bicycles. Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are four times more likely to be the result of a hit and run than other roadway crashes. The difference between life and death may be the immediate help that is offered at the time of the crash.

The bill will soon be heard in the Judiciary Committee, and we will keep you updated on its progress. For more information, go to the legislative page on our website.

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