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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

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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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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