- Give bikers plenty of room when you pass – the opposite side of the white line isn’t always enough; on many shoulders, there is much gravel and other detritus which can cause flats. If there are two lanes on route 40, use the left one (the “passing lane”) to pass bikes.
- The law says three feet, but the bigger you are and/or the faster you are going, you should give more than that. If there is a hill or blind curve, wait until you can see far enough ahead to pass safely.
- Use your turn signals – if the bicyclists know where you are going, then they can plan accordingly.
- Don’t pass a bike and then make an immediate right hand turn. You would not do that with a car; waiting 30 seconds to one minute will not kill you or make you late.
- CDOT has had a notice on the electronic message boards to watch out for motorcycles – watch out for bicycles as well.
Runners and walkers:
- Travel on the left side of the road – facing the oncoming traffic. That way, no one is surprised. On the Core Trail, walk a maximum of two abreast; please don’t block the whole trail.
- Do you have a dog? The leash law says a 6-foot leash. Reel them in when others approach.
Let’s all have a safe and friendly biking season!
— Lee Cox
Longtime Routt County cyclist, Routt County Riders member, and Multi-Modal Board member