A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING
By Max R. Weller
Read her letter-to-the-editor in the Daily Camera, copied below in its entirety:
A week ago Thursday around 9 a.m. I was biking east on Baseline and the bike lane was filled with snow and ice from the snow plows, a typical situation for bike lanes to be in after it snows. I was volunteering for Boulder Food Rescue, a local nonprofit that takes produce that grocery stores would otherwise discard and distributes it to people who don’t have much access to healthy food. The organization is centered around bike transportation. On Thursday I was carrying 300 pounds of food to the Bridge House, an organization that employs homeless people to cook for those who need warm meals.
Knowing my rights under Colorado state law, section 42-4-1412, which states, “A bicyclist shall not be expected or required to ride over or through hazards at the edge of a roadway,” I decided to use the right-most car lane, which was clear of snow and ice. It was not only easier to bike in, but much safer. There were two general purpose lanes in each direction, and plenty of space for the few cars on the road to pass me.
A police officer in an SUV was stopped at a light between Mohawk and Foothills. As I biked past, he rolled down his window and ordered me to get into the unusable snow-filled bike lane and “stop impeding the flow of traffic.” I and other cyclists have to deal with entitled drivers all the time, but our police are supposed to be looking out for everyone’s safety. Boulder needs to educate its police about the rights of all users to use our streets. The city’s Transportation Master Plan puts a priority on encouraging walking and biking. Let’s make sure our police are on the same page!
Cha Cha Spinrad
My two cents, copied from the DC website:
POLICE BRUTALITY! Let’s have another lie-down-in-the-street protest!
How can something like this happen in Boulder, CO?