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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Receives Bike Friendly Designation
(2008-05-09)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The city of Durango is officially designated as a silver level bicycle-friendly community.
KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.
SARAH: The League of American Bicyclists made the announcement at the city's first ever Bicycle Summit yesterday.
During the well attended half day event, city councilors, city staff, county commissioners, avid cyclists and other prominent figures in the community gathered to brainstorm ideas about safe cycling in the area and saw the roads first hand on a bike ride.
Drew Boure, owner of Boure Sportsware, and one of the organizers of the summit, led a group of riders out on the streets himself.
DREW BOURE: WE TRIED TO POINT OUT PLACES WHERE IT WASN'T CLEAR WHERE BICYCLISTS SHOULD BE ON THE ROAD, WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE TO THE RIGHT, HOW TO SAFELY MAKE LEFT TURNS WHEN IT'S NOT DELINEATED BY THE ROAD SIGNS. AND JUST TRIED TO POINT OUT DIFFERENT PLACES IN TOWN THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOME FAIRLY CHEAP AND EASY SOLUTIONS TO GIVE CYCLISTS AN IDEA OF HOW THEY SHOULD BEHAVE AND ALSO GIVE CARS AN INDICATION OF HOW THEY SHOULD BEHAVE SO WHEN PEOPLE COME TO INTERSECTIONS THERE'S NOT A LOT OF GUESS WORK ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE'S GOING TO DO.
But before they strapped on their helmets and hit the pavement, attendees broke off into groups and had their own discussions about biking in Durango.
Mary Monroe, executive director of Trails 2000 and another one of the organizers of the event elaborates on what her group discussed.
MARY MONROE: WE TALKED ABOUT EDUCATING MOTORISTS AND CYCLISTS ABOUT WHAT THE ACTUAL LAWS AND THE RULES ARE. IF WE REPAVE FLORIDA ROAD OR BUILD A NEW ROAD, HOW DO WE MAKE A BIKE LANE THERE? HOW DO WE INCORPORATE ALL THESE THINGS INTO FUTURE PLANS?
This is the first time that the city applied for the designation in the organizations 5 years of existence.
Durango will be known as a silver level bicycle-friendly community, for the next four years. And not everyone who applies receives an award.
According to Bicycle-Friendly Community's website, a bike-friendly town provides safe accommodations for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.
The four levels on which a city can be designated as a bike-friendly community are bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
Colorado has 5 other cities than Durango that are considered bicycle friendly. Longmont and Denver are at a bronze level, while Steamboat Springs and Fort Collins are at a silver as well.
And the only city in Colorado to reach a gold level is Boulder.
Matt Zoll, who mediated the summit, is bicycle and pedestrian program manager for Pima County, Arizona.
In Pima County, Tucson has been designated as a gold level city. He says Durango isn't that far off from achieving that level.
MATT ZOLL: I THINK DURANGO IS REALLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO HEADS TOWARD GOLD. IT'LL BE FOUR YEARS BEFORE DURANGO CAN APPLY AGAIN TO BE UPGRADED IF POSSIBLE TO A GOLD LEVEL.
Boure too has high hopes for Durango and feels even a platinum level is attainable.
BOURE: I THINK DURANGO COULD DO IT IT'S A SMALL ENOUGH TOWN THAT I THINK ALL THE SITUATIONS ARE MANAGEABLE. THERE'S A LOT OF SOLUTIONS. A LOT OF SMART PEOPLE WHO ARE DEDICATED TO MAKING IT BETTER. SO SURE, WHY NOT?
Portland, Oregon and Davis, California are the only two cities in the nation that have received the platinum level bicycle-friendly community.
ZOLL: CONGRATULATIONS TO DURANGO ON THE SILVER LEVEL AND KEEP ON RIDING AND MAKING IT BETTER.
For KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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