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Bicyclists want to derail Black Hawk’s ban

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

Jamie Webb thought maybe she was speeding when a police cruiser pulled her and three friends over as they rode their bikes into Black Hawk from Central City.

Actually, the crime was pedaling. She was violating Black Hawk’s ban on bicycling through town – the only such ban in Colorado.

“They said we had to walk through town. I think this sets a pretty bad precedent,” Webb said. “There’s really no reason for it.”

Webb was the first cyclist ticketed under Black Hawk’s new rule, which prohibits bike riding on nearly every street in town, including the only paved thoroughfare in Black Hawk.

City Manager Mike Copp said the reason for the rule, enacted in January, is safety.

The roads in Black Hawk are narrow and do not have shoulders. They teem with tour buses and delivery trucks that feed the bustling casinos. Demanding that those trucks provide 3 feet of space when passing cyclists – as required by a 2009 Colorado law – means trucks and buses must move into oncoming traffic, Copp said.

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