The best way to deal with issues such as this is to increase awareness and education and this has to be for cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. Such as knowing the cycling laws. For instance Mr Severson, the laws as cited in the Colorado Bicycling Manual put out by the state and specifically mention when a cyclist can take a lane would be a good read for you and other "responsible cyclists" to know the law and adhere to it. Further more, I am glad the biggest leach on the cycling community has piped up! Severson has been nothing more than a loud mouth blow hard that rarely if ever does anything to benefit anyone other than himself. Look at the urban bum project, he took established homeless trails and marketed them as "his" project! Ha ha What a joke, sit down and shut up you twonk. You guys remember when Severson was "attacked and viciously thrown from his bike" by a Jack Quinn's runner miles from where Jack Quinn's runners run? Such a joke, but the sad part is we all know it but him....
Mr. Severson, a little colorado bicycle law for you AND the cycling dicks:
When to take a lane"A bicyclist may take the travel lane where traffic is slow and the lane is narrow, there is no shoulder or bike lane, when approaching an intersection, or if you are moving at the same speed as the flow of traffic. Moving to the center of the lane establishes your position and prevents motorists from passing until there’s enough room."
Mr. Severson, a little colorado bicycle law for you AND the cycling dicks:
When to take a lane"A bicyclist may take the travel lane where traffic is slow and the lane is narrow, there is no shoulder or bike lane, when approaching an intersection, or if you are moving at the same speed as the flow of traffic. Moving to the center of the lane establishes your position and prevents motorists from passing until there’s enough room." https://www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/information-for-bicyclists/2008bikemanual.pdf
Can someone without a chip on their shoulder please comment? Mr.MCHASSERSON and Mr. Severson are obviously upset about SOMETHING..... Hasn't one of them gotten upset with the Jack Quinns' running club as well....?
As cyclists though we also need to set positive examples as well. Last night I saw a group of 30-40 cyclists deliberately blocking the width of the single south bound lane in downtown while a dozen cars were backed up behind them. This does one thing: Pisses off car owners and that then negatively affects the rest of us who can show a little respect on the road.
Another common infraction is blowing through stop signs & red lights. This is the #1 complaint I've heard non cyclists share with me as to why they dislike cyclists.
In both cases, cyclists being dicks sadly does not reflect only on them.....but you then risk putting the rest of us responsible cyclists in danger of such retaliation tactics as mentioned above.
But show car owners some respect? You get respect. Also, work on getting non biking friends even on the simplest of bikes to grow our numbers of people on bikes.
As a liberal and a hunter, I hunt for meat, but there are many who hunt for horns, or for the 'manliness' of it all. I have been hunting all of my life, and I feel no threat to my 2nd Amendment privileges afforded by the Constitution. Gina, you are certainly entitled to your opinion and I am glad you chose to voice it here.
Now, as to hunting, and deer/auto collisions: The deer were here first and we have encroached on their homeland, much as we did the Native Americans - Territorial Imperative my foot. As populations have grown deer have been crowded into smaller and smaller ranges, and contact between species is pretty much inevitable...especially when whizzing down the road at 70+ mph at night. One of the purposes of hunting is to control the species in a purportedly humane manner (you lousy shots who gut-shoot your quarry - this does not apply to you). As a recent letter in the Denver Post brought out that hunting license sales have gone down every time the Dept of Fish and Wildlife raised the license fees. I don't know, because I recently moved back and have not fully experienced the carnage of post-TABOR Colorado. It makes sense though. A suggestion was that, since all wildlife belongs to all citizens that the maintenance of public lands and hunting and fishing enforcement should be handled out of the General Fund. To this I add that it be an add-on rather than an offset so that there really is more money for the programs. It's worth some thought.
The real alternative to not hunting is not pretty. Deer overpopulate their range and die of starvation. Water becomes scarce. Predation is limited because we still allow their predators to be hunted. The outcry against wolves (who were also here first, by the way), driven by ranchers and sheepherders, only serves to exacerbate the problem by spreading false information about the role of wolves in the wild. Ask anyone north of I 70 who has had an counter with an aggressive moose if they think there should be more wolves in the area to control the moose population.
LibertyForAll, you could have made your point without the snark, but "There is a multitude of articles" instead of 'There are a multitude of articles"...tsk, tsk! One snark deserves another.
"Why can't The Second Amendment People protect us from these deer? I thought the whole point of owning all these high-powered weapons was to hunt? Why won't they do their patriotic duty, and go out and hunt them deer?" - Gina Douglas
1) If you think the Second Amendment is about hunting, you are dramatically mistaken.
2) Define "high powered".
3) Many of us do hunt.
As a driver and a biker I understand that physics is the only law that matters in vehicle vs bike encounters. I'm not willing to bet my life that human laws will prevent drivers from running me over. There are some roads in town that have no shoulders that many bikers frequent (30th from GoG to Filmore!) and are high traffic roads. I've seen RV's going in opposite directions cause accidents because they're passing each other and there is a biker on the road. Sudden braking and maneuvering to avoid collisions cause collisions. Drivers need to be aware of bikers - and bikers need to be aware of traffic flow and physics.
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There are far too many cars on the road for cycling. Whenever I use to ride, it was as far on the shoulder as possible, or on the sidewalk. I got use to it because it was the safest thing for me. If these morons can't get it through their thick heads that most roads aren't bike friendly, then they deserve what they get.
I moved to the Springs five months ago. As soon as I arrived, I enrolled my grandkids in the Millibo's summer camps. From the moment I stepped into this wonderful theater I felt at home. Everyone there has welcomed me as a volunteer and a friend. They have made my new adventure that much more fun and enjoyable. Margaret
Nice of them to take a bow, but guess what? The repair job done on the Austin Bluffs Parkway at Union Blvd was very poorly done. It will clearly require additional work. Apparently nobody can be trusted nowadays.
John's recent columns seem rather melancholy with a pensive tone of resignation to one's destiny. In this case, one glorious block downtown cannot make up for the dreary prognosis for a city crumbling to dust under TABOR's jackbooted heel.
Bwahahahahahahaha. Just like the coward Lamborn who won't debate anyone. All he's got is his one-line, rapid-fire spiel where he rattles off the hot button issues of guns, taxes, abortion and other issues, especially social issues that no party should build a platform around.
Harvey Album: Your support for the "thin blue line" is noted and dismissed. Support for the thin blue line causes people to be surrounded by thick white lines.
Scott Olson: On your six-hour walking tour of the homeless, can your people do something useful and pick up their trash?
Gina Douglas: You are encountering the radical terrorist sect Deersh, related to Daesh, but hunting in city limits is illegal per your liberal City Council.
"...given Dan’s success and contributions over the past three years..."
Okay, name his successes? Oh, he lasted 3 years, I guess that a success here.
"...enormous opportunity that lays before Colorado Springs Airport..."
In other words, we're flat on the floor, got nothing, starting at zero.
They could go a long way towards keeping the roads in good shape if they simply pulled the blasted weeds out of the medians and shoulders...
I have performed at the MAT, and seen many shows there. Jim Jackson and Birgitta Depree are two of the hardest working , most talented people doing theater in Colorado Springs. They are also two of the most giving, and loving people I have ever met. They are super human. I don't know how they do it, but I am eternally grateful that they do. - Charlie Ammen
Surprise, surprise: another liberal, hyperbolic, faux-indignant screed about the 2nd Amendment and gun control. Regressives may not be many things, but they're certainly consistent in their misrepresentation of this matter, Congratulations?
Gina--and many of you seem--to overlook (intentionally?) the fact that deer hunting is a carefully measured and organized process, with licenses allocated in very specific quantities based-upon population density and geographic factors, and which can be prohibitively expensive, esp. for out-of-state hunters that bring an influx of tourism dollars when they visit, and these funds also help sustain environmental initiatives and wildlife management.
And most hunters don't perform the activity for "sport", but for the meat that is gained after processing, and as for the vehicular angle you're trying to exploit, here's a bit of information from the link I've presented:
"Reason No. 19 why Hunting Is Conservation: Hunting has major value for highway safety. For every deer hit by a motorist, hunters take six"
There is a multitude of articles illustrating all of this in elaborate detail; please research instead of making knee-jerk, fallacious assumptions.
Concerning the arts. Jon, You couldn't be more right about coverage of the arts. Honest feedback and critique is essential for an artist to grow, and for a vibrant arts scene to flourish.
Cottonwood, (a big thanks, and apologies to Lizz Driscoll, for dealing with my flakey ass) gave me the opportunity several years back to show and sell work at the now closed Cottonwood on Tejon gallery. Your organization was welcoming, encouraging, and paid the artists fairly and on time. Thanks, it was an experience I will always be grateful for, and think fondly of.
You, and the entire staff at Cottonwood are a very special and unique asset to this community. Keep up the great work.
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