Archive for the ‘Bicycle Safety’ Category

How to make cycling on mountain trails and paths safer for everyone

Warmer weather is finally upon us, and with it comes all the exciting outdoor recreational activities Colorado has to offer which includes mountain biking and trail riding. Denver itself is often called a paradise for cyclists, with the Mile High City boasting more than 85 miles of paved trails that connect to hundreds of additional miles of dirt trails. However, according to a 2015 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, cycling injuries are on the rise, with injuries to those over 45 jumping more than 80 percent in the past 15 years alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that annually over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries.
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Bike lanes may protect cyclists from serious accidents

In a scene becoming all too common on Colorado roadways, on March 18, a bicyclist was killed in a deadly hit-and-run accident in Denver. Although the fatal injury, which occurred at 29th and Brighton Boulevard, was a hit-and-run the driver was ultimately nabbed by police officers who caught up with him in Denver’s Swansea neighborhood. Police say the deadly crash should offer a warning for all drivers and cyclists in the Denver metro area. “Motorists just have to know, they’re out there and they’re part of the transportation system, they’re the most vulnerable part of the transportation system,” says Denver Police Sgt. Mike Farr. In the city, hit-and-run crashes represent 22 percent of all bicycle crashes and Denver’s hit-and-run crash rate is double the national average.
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