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New Law Increases Penalty for Hitting Cyclists; Outdoor events this weekend. 

A law signed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Wednesday increases the penalty for careless drivers who cause serious bodily injury to cyclists, pedestrians, joggers and others. While remaining a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense,  Senate Bill 175 adds penalties to the offense of Careless Driving when involving a "vulnerable road user."  In addition to the standard fine of about $175, a driver convicted under the new law can be required to attend a driver improvement course, perform up to 320 hours of "useful public service", have their license suspended, and be required to pay restitution to the victim. The law had broad bi-partisan support, with Senator Bob Gardner and Representative Tony Exum, Sr both representing El Paso County, among the long list of co-sponsors. "Hopefully this new law will get people to slow down and pay attention," said Allen Beauchamp, local cycling and community advocate, about the new law. "It's a step in the right direction to make our roadways safer," he added. 

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Saturday, June 1st is National Trails Day, "a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service", according to the American Hiking Society, the originators of the annual event. This year, the organization is asking hikers to spend the day working to improve a trail.  The AHS hopes to set a record for the number of people working to improve trails on a single day.  But, it's not just about doing trail work. The El Paso County Parks Department will be hosting a hike in Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center. You can find other events at the AHS website.

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Also on Saturday, Get Outdoors Colorado Springs, an interactive outdoor family oriented event will be held at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.  The event gives families a chance to experience various kinds of outdoor activities and is free to the public.
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Be good. Do good things.

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (
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