Why Cyclists Are Angry With the Jeffco Commissioners

July 29 2009, 2:41 PM

The cycling world has not been without drama since the end of the Tour de France last weekend, as the Tour's champion, Alberto Contador, and American cycling icon Lance Armstrong have been trading barbs via the press and Twitter (recap from The Denver Post). But Colorado's own cycling saga is unfolding, with the latest furor coming from Jefferson County. In the wake of recent drama between cyclists and motorists in Deer Creek Canyon, west of Chatfield Reservoir, the county commissioners announced they were exploring a way to seek more power for counties to regulate roads and ultimately declare cycling too unsafe for some roadways. The cycling community reacted swiftly, smothering the commissioners' office with e-mails and phone calls from as far away as England. The commissioners seem to be backing off a bit, as I discovered for the Columbine Courier, pointing out that they never intended to ban any cyclists. But in the rush to come up with a common response to all the cyclists who contacted them, the Jeffco commissioners may have violated Colorado open meetings laws by discussing the topic via e-mail and not in public after timely notice (via the Courier). It's not just a Jeffco issue. Boulder County recently appointed one of its deputies as a liaison to work directly with the cycling community, Boulder's Daily Camera reports.