Bicycle Riding Banned In Black Hawk, Colorado

June 19th, 2010 - 7:42 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

cotle June 19, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The Black Hawk town of Colorado has banned the bicyclists from pedaling while in town. The cycling advocates have said that the gambling town has turned to be the only city in the nation with such a restriction.

According to the bicycling advocacy groups, it is illegal and they will challenge the law. Dan Grunig of Bicycle Colorado, an advocacy group stated, “We want to address the issue before it spreads all over as it is not legal.”

Earlier, the Black Hawk passed a law, under which the bicyclists were required to get down and walk their cycles through the town of about 100 residents. Now, after five months, they have started issuing $68 tickets on not obliging the law.

As per Michael Copp, the Black Hawk City Manager, eight citations have been issued till now. Sopp said, “The council has no intention of cancelling the ban right now. They think the right decision has been taken for the citizens of the town.”

Copp added that the ordinance is passed following a rush in traffic- buses, motorists and delivery trucks that followed a law, which increased the highest gambling betting limits from $5 to $100. He stated that the decision was not taken due to any accident. It was just a concern to avoid any conflict between the bicycles and the motor vehicles running on the streets, which were built in 1800s and was designed for the running of roses and carriages.

The ban was imposed at a time when a report by Congress shows that people are now more encouraged taking a walk or bicycles as a medium of transportation.

A recent report titled Assessing National Trends in Bicycling and Walking shows that the federal government allocated $1.2 billion last year to help people becoming more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. The report added that 11.9 percent of all reported outings were preferred by foot or bicycle, which is 7.9 percent more than 20 years ago.

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