The comment made during the recent county forum between motorists and cyclists that “there are people who would just assume that you make it harder [for cyclists] to ride up there” speaks volumes and should not come as a surprise. Is there any doubt that those folks who would prefer to make it harder for cyclists to ride “up there” are the aggressive drivers that the cyclist’s are complaining about? This only underscores the futility of the Boulder County idealist’s efforts.
The totalitarian approach by the Jefferson County Commissioners is equally nonsensical. Excluding cyclists from roads because, in the words of Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky, “certain roads appear not to be safe to mix the two” is discriminatory and only allows Jefferson County to avoid assuming responsibility for solving the problem. Many motorists driving habits do not mix with recreational vehicles, tractor trailers, motorcycles, and even with fellow motorists. Is Mr. McCasky ready to apply his logic universially?
The problem between motorists and cyclists is plain and simple, a law enforcement problem. Although solutions such as sweeping the shoulders more often will help, a few disrespectful cyclists will continue to take up entire lanes and run stop signs. Likewise, those who do not want cyclists in what they think is their canyon will still drive aggressively.
Rather than spending more money in a failed attempt to placate the few bad apples on both sides, give the money to law enforcement. What better way to allow our county and state officers to stay fit and give them the opportunity to make a little OT pay on the weekends than giving them the opportunity to ride a bike undercover in the canyons? They can witness first-hand the aggressive motorists and irresponsible cyclists and make a simple radio call to a nearby squad car. Enough is enough!