There are a lot of ways to get in trouble in Black Hawk, but many cyclists are questioning the tickets they've received for riding through town. In January, the gambling destination became the first and only Colorado municipality to ban bicycling, citing narrow streets, a high number of tour buses, and the presence of large delivery trucks. Since the ban was enacted, Black Hawk has issued eight $68 tickets.
But now, The Denver Post
reports, cyclists are fighting back, organizing boycotts of Black Hawk businesses and doing whatever they can to draw attention to the issue. DismoutBlackHawk.com
is a website dedicated to galvanizing Colorado's many passionate cyclists to fight the city's decision.
"They say it's OK to dismount and walk...so let's do it!!" reads the homepage of the site. "It's only a quarter mile through town, so let's get some big groups together and walk our bikes through town. A bunch of bikes on the sidewalk will certainly irritate them more than bikers on the roads!"
The organizers are imploring fellow cyclists to be polite to the residents of Black Hawk during the protest, but the battle lines have been drawn.
For their part, Black Hawk officials say they won't ease up on the anti-cycling rules, citing the need to serve the town's residents and businesses. It may be a rough ride for the town, however, given the experience of other local governments that have broached the idea of cycling bans.
Jefferson County officials briefly considered seeking state legislation that would empower counties to ban cycling on certain roads last summer, telling the Columbine Courier
it was all about safety. They backpedaled quickly, however, after being buried under an avalanche of biker outrage from all over the world.