One of the region’s largest annual cycling events is taking place on Sunday, June 2, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is advising drivers to be prepared to “Share the Road” with approximately 6,000 bicyclists.
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The Colorado Department of Transportation issued the following press release on traffic during this weekend's Elephant Rock Ride cycling race:One of the region’s largest annual cycling events is taking place on Sunday, June 2, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is advising drivers to be prepared to “Share the Road” with approximately 6,000 bicyclists. Beginning at 5:30 a.m., and continuing until mid-afternoon, bicyclists will be utilizing the state and local road system in southern Douglas, western Elbert, and northern El Paso counties. The following state highways are part of the route:· State Highway 83 between Lake Gulch Road and El Paso County Road 105· State Highway 86 between Walker Road, just west of Franktown, and Elbert RoadAs part of CDOT’s “Whole System - Whole Safety” initiative (see below), all motorists and bicyclist are strongly encouraged to use extra caution and Share the Road as more and more people are cycling state and local roads this spring, summer and fall. Share the Road Tips for Drivers· Give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing: Even if it requires crossing the center line, if it is safe – or risk a ticket. · Wait a few seconds: If you don’t have three feet to pass then wait until there is enough room to pass safely.· Take a brake: Reduce speed when encountering bicyclists.· Scan, then turn: Look for bicyclists before making turns and make sure the road is clear before proceeding.Share the Road Tips for Riders· Cyclists must ride as far right as possible: And not impede traffic when passing other riders or riding two abreast. · Side-by-Side Rule: Ride no more than two abreast; move to single-file if riding two abreast impedes the flow of motorized traffic.· Ride Predictably: Scan the road, anticipate hazards, and communicate your moves to others.· Signal First: Use hand signals to alert nearby vehicles to turns or lane changes.The Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement will be monitoring and assisting with traffic control during Sunday’s event.To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System - Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address human factors, physical assets and organizational culture to better support real time operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.
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