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Please share the road

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the membership and sponsors of the Aspen Cycling Club, we wanted to shine light on a truly great rite of spring ” bikes are out in force!

With the Rio Grande Trail now open from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs and the Crystal River Trail project on Highway 133 now in the works, access to trails and roads in the area has never been better. Hats off to RFTA, Pitkin County Open Space, law enforcement agencies and many others for putting effort and financial resources into expansion of safe trail opportunities throughout the valley.

We also offer a reminder to cyclists and motorists alike that bikes, child trailers, children on bikes and pedestrians are out in force on the roads and trails in the Roaring Fork Valley. Regardless of your mode of transportation, all user groups need to obey traffic laws and abide by “Share the Road” principles. Here are the rules:

On multiuse trails:

– Ride, walk and skate on the right side of the trail.

– Pass on the left, when the trail is clear of traffic.

– Give audible warning before overtaking another trail user.

– Do not stop on the trail, blocking other users.

On all Colorado roads, cyclists need to:

– Ride on the right side of the road, never against traffic ” cyclists have the same rights and duties of a vehicle.

– Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.

– Use hand signals when turning or stopping.

– Ride no more than two abreast, returning to single file if riding two abreast would impede the flow of traffic, i.e., cars are approaching in both directions.

Vehicles sharing the road with cyclists should:

– Leave 3 feet of space between the car and cyclist to pass.

– Not impede the cyclist’s path or endanger the cyclist on the road. It is Colorado law that vehicles and cyclists must “Share the Road,” regardless of availability of nearby bike paths.

If a cyclist is endangered by a vehicle on the road, they should dial *CSP, or 277, on their cell phone. A person who recklessly engages in conduct that creates substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person is committing reckless endangerment, which is a class 3 misdemeanor.

Let’s be mindful of each other out there, and have a safe and fun season on the bike!

Aspen Cycling Club

board of directors