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Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

In Colorado, motorists and cyclists share the road. Both have equal rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws. All users should show respect and consideration when sharing the road.As a motor vehicle driver, scanning for bicyclists should be a normal part of your driving routine, as is scanning for other cars or trucks. Extra care should be taken when exiting alleys and driveways, since bicyclists may be using the sidewalk and approaching from the left and right.The Colorado Department of Transportation and the City of Glenwood Springs would like for you to consider the following points as you share the road with bicyclists.When passing a bicyclist:Allow at least three feet between your vehicle and the bicycle. Just as the wind produced by a passing tractor-trailer can pull a car off course, so too can a passing car cause a cyclist to swerve out of control.Be patient and wait until it is safe to pass, as you would any other slow-moving vehicle. Be aware that when a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride safely side-by-side, bicyclists should ride in or near the center of the lane to discourage motorists from trying to pass them without enough clearance.If you feel that you must toot your horn in advance of passing, please do it from a friendly distance (several hundred feet), not directly behind. You could startle the cyclist, who might might veer into your path, causing an accident.When you are turning right and a bicyclist is proceeding straight through an intersection, do not speed ahead, cutting off the bicyclist as you are turning. They may not be able to avoid crashing into the passenger side of your vehicle.For more information on traffic laws and safety procedures, obtain a copy of the Colorado Driver’s Handbook at any driver’s license office.Glenwood Springs transportation update-Curb, gutter and asphalt paving will be installed at the intersection of Blake Avenue and 19th Street in conjunction with the St. Stephen’s Church and Valley View Hospital construction. Traffic will not be detoured and there will be no roadside parking within the area of construction until the project is completed.-Waterline and street reconstruction has begun on the north end of Walz Avenue and is progressing to the South. Thru traffic is closed to all but local traffic in the construction area. Periodic water outages will be announced with door hangers in advance. The project will be completed by the end of August.-The Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be undergoing a surface repair and refinish of the deck. The project will take approximately two weeks. The bridge will remain open at all times, but at half of its normal width. With the decrease in width we are requesting people riding bikes walk rather than ride past the work area.-The Electric Department will be installing wire at the intersection of 19th and Blake.Cathy Tuttle is the RFTA/City of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance consultant. Information: 384-6437, try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column will appear every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!


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