Steamboat Metropolis Council passes closing vote to implement bicycle security cease
In a 4-3 vote, Steamboat Springs Metropolis Council voted Tuesday to implement the bicycle security cease, which might permit bicyclists to deal with cease indicators as yield indicators and cease lights as cease indicators when there are not any automobiles in an intersection.
The concept was first introduced to council by Routt County Riders and Bicycle Colorado in January. The 2 teams introduced knowledge from the state of Idaho and different Colorado communities which have applied the legislation and seen decreases in crashes between automobiles and bicyclists.
“We’re speaking about one thing that will increase security for cyclists and commuters round city,” mentioned Laraine Martin, Routt County Riders government director. “I believe generally there’s a little bit of confusion about whether or not that is one thing we consider because the comfort rolling cease.”
Nevertheless, the three council members who voted towards the measure — Heather Sloop, Robin Crossan and Kathi Meyer — did really feel the measure was extra of a “comfort cease” and have been involved about whether or not or not it could really improve security locally.
“There’s nothing protected about it in my view,” Meyer mentioned. “I simply assume this shouldn’t be known as a security cease, it needs to be a comfort cease.”
Sloop mentioned she was significantly involved about youngsters enacting the maneuver and what would occur if a toddler on a bicycle was struck by a car.
“I believe it rides on the consciousness of all of us if one thing have been to occur to a toddler,” Sloop mentioned. “If one among my youngsters’ mates was hit or God forbid killed due to the security cease, I don’t know that I might ever sleep once more.”
Martin mentioned the onus of teaching youngsters on the measure would in the end fall on mother and father, however emphasised that the maneuver was non-compulsory.
“The conduct that youngsters are witnessing out on the roads with cease indicators and lights goes to already convey some issues into questions,” Martin mentioned. “This makes the principles of the highway easier by decriminalizing a typical conduct.”
Different council members have been involved about vacationers visiting city not being accustomed to the rule, however Martin mentioned different Colorado communities have applied the measure with no subject.
“Breckenridge and Aspen adopted the security cease to draw vacationers and release legislation enforcement assets,” mentioned Jack Todd, director of communications at Bicycle Colorado. “The analysis additionally reveals there are loads fewer bike crashes and elevated security that comes with the security cease.”
Steamboat Springs Police Division Chief Cory Christensen additionally endorsed the ordinance, citing knowledge that confirmed the measure will increase security.
“The information says that is safer, that’s the underside line,” Christensen mentioned. “It’s harmful for our bicyclists after they’re within the intersections ready for automobiles.”
Council member Michael Buccino, who voted in favor of the measure, mentioned his help outweighed his considerations, however that he was significantly involved about youngsters using electrical bicycles round city not making full stops, as e-bikes can transfer a lot sooner than a standard bike.
“The priority that I’ve are the youngsters underage on e bikes which might be zipping round,” Buccino mentioned. “That is actually a good suggestion for cease indicators and yield indicators, however now we have an uphill battle with the youthful age group which might be using bikes, particularly e-bikes.”
To achieve Alison Berg, name 970-871-4229 or e-mail aberg@SteamboatPilot.com.