Category Archives: Ride

Colorado adopts Bicycle, Pedestrian Policy

CDOT just adopted what is basically Complete Streets policy.  How relevant, considering they’re our neighbor, and that a Complete Streets Resolution is set for tomorrow night’s City Council agenda. If Complete Streets are important to you in Topeka, please call the city clerk’s office 368-3940 by 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 24 to sign up to speak for item 7B. Then, ride your bike to the city council meeting, and carry your helmet in with you.

Republished from BikeDenver.org

(Courtesy Alliance for Biking and Walking) – October 30, 2009

After more than two years of meetings and drafting language, Bicycle Colorado announced that the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Transportation Commission has adopted a groundbreaking statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy.

According to Bicycle Colorado, “The new policy directs that, ‘…the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians shall be included in the planning, design, and operation of transportation facilities, as a matter of routine…’

Division of Transportation Development Director Jennifer Finch stated, ‘This is a change in philosophy for the Department [of Transportation].’

The policy was moved by Commissioner George Krawzoff and seconded by Commissioner Steve Parker, leading to unanimous votes of support from all 11 commissioners.

Praise for CDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Betsy Jacobson’s diligent work on the policy was heard from Bicycle Colorado, Ms. Finch, and the Commissioners. Bicycle Colorado’s Executive Director Dan Grunig said, ‘We have passed positive bicycle legislation and overturned bike bans, but passing this policy may be the biggest step we’ve taken towards bicyclists being treated as legitimate road users.’

TWO YEAR PROCESS

Bicycle Colorado worked with CDOT for a number of years encouraging a formal bicycle and pedestrian policy. The Commission instructed CDOT staff in 2007 to begin evaluating its bicycle and pedestrian policies and practices. They convened a series of stakeholder meetings to determine areas to be addressed in policy and procedures. The resulting policy is a product of the input of all the stakeholders representing other state departments, local governments, and user groups. CDOT staff did a thorough job, gathering input from all their internal departments and divisions throughout the process.

NEXT STEPS

Adoption of this policy is a big step but there is still work to do. Implementation is the key to the policy’s success. Executive Director Russ George and the Executive Management Team will issue a Procedural Directive in the next couple of months detailing implementation plans.

The Directive will guide CDOT departments on how to incorporate bicyclist and pedestrian needs into road design, maintenance, transportation planning, education, etc. It will also detail the circumstances when projects may opt out of the policy and how that decision will be made available to the public. Bicycle Colorado will continue to participate in the process to ensure positive results for bicyclists.

Read the story on the Alliance for Biking and Walking website here.

Read the policy here

Critical Mass Memorial Ride

Tomorrow night Critical Mass will be having a special ride, in commemoration of two area cyclists who died in cycling accidents in the past week.

BobFrederickOn Friday, June 12, Lawrence resident and former KU athletic director Bob Frederick died as a result of injuries sustained in a cycling accident. Frederick was an experienced cyclist, and was riding in Lawrence when he struck a pothole and was thrown from his bike. He was taken by helicopter to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, where he later died. Frederick was 69.

The following day, Saturday, June 13, Michael Ebron, 48, of Topeka, was riding on US Highway 24 in North Topeka, near NW Goodyear road when he was struck from behind by a motorist in a Toyota 4-Runner. Emergency responders pronounced Ebron dead at the scene.

As often as we ride, it’s easy to forget that there are very real dangers on the road, and that we must continue to be always mindful of our surroundings. The purpose of Critical Mass is to raise awareness among motorists of the presence of cyclists, and to remind them to share the road with all its users, not just other motorists. Mr. Ebron’s death is an example of why what we do is important, and should strengthen our resolve to educate motorists in Topeka and elsewhere.

ghostbikeDuring our ride tomorrow night, we will be placing a ghost bike at the corner of US Highway 24 and NW Goodyear Road, in memory of Mr. Ebron. For those who aren’t familiar, a ghost bike is an all white bike, installed at the site of a cycling fatality as a memorial to the cyclist who lost his or her life, and as a visible reminder to motorists to share the road. For more information, refer to ghostbikes.org.

Bob Frederick
1940 –  2009

Michael Anthony Ebron
1961 –  2009

This Friday!

Hey, let’s ride our bikes. To heck with the rain. I have a huge pair of bright yellow rain pants if anyone needs to borrow them. But I just plan on rocking my denim.

We should try to hit the Legacy Arts Center, since it’s at 6th and Lane, close to the Trap, and the Tinkham Veale building on Kansas Avenue should also be pretty neat.

Meet up at the Boobie Trap Bar, 5:30.

And if it’s totally pouring down rain and the streets are flooding and it’s miserable out… well, Tavio will probably still be riding, but I think I will chicken out until next week.