City Council to bike festival:Youre spinning your wheels
Craig Canon wants to hold a bicycle festival in Aspen in August. The city’s not sure it’s such a good idea.Canon, founding chairman of the Spinhead Foundation in Lakewood, pitched his idea to the City Council at Monday night’s meeting. The council agreed the idea is a good one, just not on those dates. The city’s special events committee also rejected the idea, stating that the weekend in question, Aug. 3-6, is already one of the town’s busiest. Committee members were also concerned that organizers had neither secured insurance for the event nor submitted an application with the county. (The bulk of the rides would take place outside the city limits.) “We get a lot of drive-through traffic” throughout the summer, Mayor Helen Klanderud said after the meeting. She called the festival a “complicated event. It’s just management of people, vehicles, bicycles.”Canon said the bulk of the event’s participants and volunteers would be teachers, so he couldn’t consider a date in September, as the special events committee suggested.Councilwoman Rachel Richards questioned why the festival needed to come through Aspen at all, suggesting that organizers were really looking for the cachet of the Aspen name.”I don’t quite understand why this event has picked us and wants Aspen,” she said.Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss agreed.”I think you ought to offer to drop this pot of gold on Carbondale,” he said.Snowmass Village and the Aspen Skiing Co. have also denied Canon’s request. “I just don’t have the faith in this to take it forward and overrule” the special events committee, Richards said.Council voted 4-1 to deny approval, with Councilman Torre interested in learning more.
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