Colorado Supreme Court Overturns Town Cycling Ban
Posted on February 5, 2013 by Jamie B
Score one for cyclists. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the town of Black Hawk can no longer ban bicyclists from riding through the town. In 2009, the popular gambling town passed regulations prohibiting cyclists from using their streets due to safety and traffic concerns. Signs had been posted showing that bicycling was not permitted, and police cited any cyclists found breaking the ordinance. Several cyclists that had been cited under the ordinance brought suit in the district court, which sided with the City of Black Hawk. The Colorado Supreme Court overruled the district court ruling because the City does not comply with a state law requiring an alternative path within 450 feet of a road prohibited for bicycle use.
The town can still enforce traffic citations, so cyclists should be sure to follow all applicable regulations.
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