Bicycle safety bill goes into effect on August 5 |

Bicycle safety bill goes into effect on August 5

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On May 11, Gov. Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 148, adopting a new bicycle safety bill for the state of Colorado at a ceremony in Colorado Springs. Senate Bill 148 creates safe and common sense rules for bicycles and motor vehicles on public roads. With a growing number of cyclists taking to the roads, Ritter said the bill is needed to protect cyclists. Below is a summary of the bill. PassingThe bill gives motorists more freedom to safely pass a bicyclist by allowing them to cross the centerline when safe to do so. By allowing three feet passing distance, it creates a safer environment on the road.Lane positionClarifying language gives bicyclists the ability to ride as far right as is safe. Also on one-way roads with more than one lane, bicyclists may also ride as far left as is safe. More than one riderThe bill clarifies that bicyclists may pass one another or ride side-by-side if they are not impeding the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.AntiharassmentLanguage in the bill makes throwing an object towards a bicyclist a class 2 misdemeanor and driving towards a bicyclist in a dangerous manner a careless driving offense.In his remarks, Ritter said, One of the great things about Colorado is that so many people love to bike. The new law will take effect Aug. 5, 2009.

Due to weather, the city of Glenwood Springs and GMCO have rescheduled chip sealing and fog sealing streets and parking lots this week. June 3 chip seal: The parking areas at Two Rivers Park and the parking area at Sayre Park tennis courts and the baseball diamond and the soccer field parking at Glenwood Park. June 4 fog seal: South Hyland Park, 23rd Street ( Palmer to Bennett), 2300 block of Palmer, Sayre Park tennis courts parking and Mount Sopris Drive. June 5 fog seal: Parking areas at Two Rivers Park and Sayre Park tennis courts and baseball diamond and the soccer field parking at Glenwood Park. These processes will be taking place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the roads will be open to travel during those hours with some delays. The parks will be closed until after 5 p.m. The dates for this work could change because of weather delays. Should you have any questions, contact the city of Glenwood Springs Engineering Department at 384-6435. GMCO would like to thank you for your patience during this street maintenance project. The city of Glenwood Springs and Gould Construction will be working on Midland Avenue at West 13th Street to finish the traffic calming project. There will be no detours, but motorists should be cautious driving through the work zones. We would like to thank you for your patience during these projects. If you have any questions you may contact the Engineering Department at 384-6435 and ask for King Lloyd.Force main and access road construction for the citys new wastewater plant is continuing along Midland Avenue. Speed limits will be decreased while crews work adjacent to the road.Roundabout construction is beginning at 27th and Midland Avenue. Crews will be constructing temporary bypass roads in the next two weeks. Traffic will then be diverted around the intersection. Delays will be expected in this area.Trail construction is occurring at Midland Avenue and Wulfsohn Road, as well as Midland Avenue and Red Mountain Drive. Please use caution while traveling in these areas.The citys Electric Department will continue to upgrade its system on Donegan Road. As of Monday, June 1, Donegan Road is closed to through traffic between Sunny Acres and Vista Drive. This section of the road is open to local traffic only. The construction work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions pertaining to this project, you may contact the citys Electric Department at 384-6352. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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