Making Cycling Safer in Jefferson County
Influencing city, county, and state government, working with multiple local and state agencies and working in concert with Bicycle Colorado, the Colorado State advocacy organization, Bike Jeffco has been effective in making a difference.
Many of the improvements in local roadways that now accommodate cyclists better and more safely and laws that have been passed to help protect cyclists are the direct result of Bike Jeffco’s untiring efforts over the years and will continue, with your help.
Public Testimony and Consultation with Governmental Entities
Bike Jeffco representatives are often requested to provide testimony on policy drafts at city council meetings, county commissioner meetings and at the Capitol regarding proposed infrastructure planning and laws.
Recent Legislation that Bike Jeffco has influenced:
The Colorado Safety Stop legislation provides a template for counties and municipalities to adopt if they so chose that will allow cyclists to roll through a roadway with a stop sign if the intersection is clear and safe to do so. This policy is commonly referred to as the Idaho Stop and it has been a law in Idaho since 1982. A study in Idaho has shown this practice reduced crashes from 30% to 60%.
The practice of “Rolling Coal” has been an ongoing issue for cyclists and pedestrians and creates not only an unhealthy environment for the cyclist or pedestrian, but creates a dangerous situation as the thick black smoke impedes the sight of the cyclist or pedestrian. With the help of testimony from members of Bike Jeffco, in 2017 a bill was passed to make coal rolling a Class A Violation. Although this practice is not illegal, it still occurs occasionally. If you witness this occurring, we urge you to immediately report it by calling the Colorado State Patrol at *277.
Current Projects and Priorities include the following:
- North Jeffco Commuter Routes
- Golden Gate Canyon Shoulders
- C-470 – Indiana Link
- Walmart link @ Bowles
- 32nd Avenue road diet/shoulders
- McIntyre Street shoulders
- Deer Creek Canyon shoulders completion
- Golden Gate Canyon shoulders
- CR73 Conifer – Evergreen shoulder completion
- 80th Ave/Simms – Kipling
- CR93 Morrison – I-70
Clear Creek County
- Squaw Pass Road rebuild
- Idaho Springs “Trail to Nowhere”
- Alvarado Road: Georgetown – Dumont
- C-470 Repair/Replacement
- El Rancho – Genesee Bicycle Route
- SH93 Golden – Boulder
- Indiana/80th – 86th