It Can Happen Here, Too
From The Columbine (CO) Courier:
Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.
Conflict between motorists and cyclists is nothing new on the canyon roads west of South Jeffco in the foothills. But a recent battle over using a portion of Deer Creek Canyon Road for a September fund-raising event has spurred the commissioners to seek broader authority in making some roads off limits to cyclists. The county attorney’s office will draft the legislation soon, and the county will try to get a legislator to sponsor it in the 2010 legislative session.
For the rest of the story go here.
Florida also allows municipalities to restrict bicycle traffic on their streets, though they could not ban bicyclists from state or county roads.
The actions in Columbine are a natural, reasonable outcome of a culture which believes motorists “own” the roads and bicycling in traffic is inherently dangerous.
(BTW, I learned of this through the APBP list. Bob Shanteau also shared this photo of a state road in supposedly “bike-friendly” Ft. Collins, CO with a bicycling prohibited sign.)