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Colorado Bicycle Event Cap Dan Grunig www.BicycleColorado.org Colorado Biking Bicycle Events Galore $1.2 billion economic impact 700,000 tourists Events raise millions for charity “Summertime Ski Industry” www.BicycleColorado.org Bicycle Event Cap November 2005

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Colorado Bicycle Event Cap

Dan Grunig

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Colorado Biking

Bicycle Events Galore

  • $1.2 billion economic impact

  • 700,000 tourists

  • Events raise millions for charity

  • “Summertime Ski Industry”

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

November 2005

  • Colorado State Patrol informs event organizers of 2,500 rider cap

  • Sites Colorado Statute, “The Chief shall not approve an event which the state does not have sufficient resources to properly manage in a manner consistent with the preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

December 2005

  • Bicycle Colorado contacts events

  • Formal letter set to State Patrol requesting overturn of cap

  • State Patrol formally says cap is in place

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Campaign Begins

  • All events threatened

  • Email and press release

  • Petition started

  • Letters directed to Chief

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Day 3 of Campaign

  • Media Attention

  • “Carved in Stone”

  • Legislators pressure

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Colorado’s Biking/Farming Senator

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Day 5 of Campaign

  • 18,000 petition

  • 500+ letters

  • Chief lifts cap for 1 year

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Big Meeting

  • State Patrol, DOT, Legislator, Events

  • Ambush!?!

  • Chief lifts cap for 1 year

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

State Patrol Issues

  • Only 20 motorcycles

  • Same number of troopers as 1986

  • 300 rider to 1 trooper ratio

  • Overtime only

  • For-profit vs. Non-profit

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

State Patrol Issues

  • Lack of shoulders on roads

  • Increased motor traffic

  • Complaints from motorists

  • Bicyclists not following traffic laws

    • Two abreast

    • Stop signs/lights

    • Centerline

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Current Status

  • Chief will lift cap in April

  • Revised permit process

    • Change motorists expectations

    • Increased bicycle safety info

    • Greater enforcement

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Future Problems

  • Grounds to deny a permit

  • Lack of State Patrol officers

  • First come/first served?

  • Legislative changes

  • More cars on roads

  • Coming Soon to State Near You…

www.BicycleColorado.org


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Bicycle Event Cap

Solutions

  • Legislation

  • Permit details and liability

  • Education of Police

  • Strong Advocacy Groups

www.BicycleColorado.org


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COLORADO IS STILL OPEN FOR BIKING

Please visit us soon!

www.BicycleColorado.org


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