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The Mystery of Who Exactly Rides Bikes

Perhaps Robert Frost expressed it best in the last line of his poem “The Road Not Taken” published in 1917:  

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference" -Robert Frost, 1917

Like Frost, each of us has an opportunity to decide how to move forward in our lives. And, although one way is not necessarily any better than another way, we must at some point decide whether we will keep doing things the same way we always have, or take a chance and try something different.  I personally tend to gravitate towards trying something different when given a choice.  That is one reason why I have been so excited about watching our community grow and make progressive decisions in regards to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure! 

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Wayfinding Signs

This past year, the Pueblo Department of Transportation worked with the City of Pueblo to produce and install 80 - 85 Wayfinding signs along the off-road bicycle trails and on-road bicycle routes throughout the city.  These are the signs highlighting destinations throughout town showing the number of miles and length of time it would take to reach a particular point of interest if traveling by bicycle at an average speed of 10 mph.  


The signs were purchased with funds from the Kaiser Permanente Walk and Wheel grant, and were mapped out over the last couple of years with the help of volunteers like, Kim Arline, Chairperson of PACE (Pueblo Active Community Environments), who took GIS measurements and cross-referenced it with bicycle rides to verify how long it would take to go from point A to point B.

Most of the signs have been installed with the exception of a few areas where there was severe trail damage from flooding earlier this year.  

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What's up with the Roads?

Pueblo has certainly had a lot of discussions, and even changes on some of our roads this past year.  

A quick Google search provided the following definitions for the word "road":  1)  "An open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals”. And, 2) A series of events or a course of action that will lead to a particular outcome. Ie:  “He’s on the road to recovery”.

Did you know that over 100 years ago, it was the cyclists who first lobbied for smoother surfaces to ride on, and the cycling advocacy groups were the ones who paid for the efforts?  (Read more in The Guardian article here).  About 50 years later, the movement changed to include motor vehicles.  We have always struggled with trying to find a balance and safe ways to share the roads with all users.  As technology continues to improve, I'm sure we will continue to work on solutions to adapt with it.


We really do live in a lovely city where the streets are relatively clean and litter free, and they not polluted with smog.  For the most part, people are nice to each other on the road and are patient - they don't "ride their horns" regularly.  Whether I am walking, cycling or driving, other road users usually get eye contact when needed and seem to watch out for each other and take turns.  It's not perfect every time, but it's really pretty good most of the time.

Studies have shown that adding bicycle facilities not only help to make a city more liveable, it also contributes to benefiting overall health and boosts the economy.  (See links to studies in next section).

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5th Street 2-Way Demonstration Project

We are still working through some of the challenges that come with change, such as perceptions about the 5th Street 2-Way Bicycle Demonstration Project, but the key is the lines of communication are open.  Pueblo Traffic Engineer, Pepper Whittlef, and Carlos Hernandez, a Consultant from Fox, Tuttle Hernandez Transportation Group, held 2 public meetings with business owners on 5th Street on July 1st.  This Tuesday, 7/21, there will be a follow up Public Meeting presentation in the Community Room at the Pueblo Police Station on Main Street from 5 pm - 7 pm.  

You may want to attend if you'd like to find out more about the 2-way bicycle lane - which is the longest 2-way protected lane in Colorado - 1/2 Mile. It is the only 2-way bicycle lane along one of the National Bicycle Routes - which takes bicycle tourists right through Pueblo. It provides a safe alternative for bicyclists to travel to and from the East side by allowing them to avoid going under I-25 and having to ride on busy 4th St by routing them to 5th St all the way to the Justice Center.  It provides connectivity to the Greenwood and Elizabeth existing bicycle lanes.  According to PeopleForBikes, there are also economic benefits - "Protected bike lanes can be part of street redesigns that boost retail performance".  Once the new Wheel Park is complete on Erie on the East side, it will provide an safe alternative for people to cycle back and forth under I-25 versus having to use 4th Street which is very narrow under the interstate.

For more information on the 2-Way Bike Lane, or to review educational materials on bicycle lane symbols go to activepueblo.net, or check out one of the following links:
-"Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide" as part of a Federal ongoing "Safer People, Safer Streets" initiative.
-Bike Lane Etiquette.
-You may also be interested in reading the following report by PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking and Walking called, "Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business - How 21st Century Transportation Networks Help Urban Economies Boom".
-If you would like to print a copy of our Educational Flyer, go to our website here.  (It is 2-sided so you can print it on the front and back).  


Map of 5th St 2-Way Bicycle Lane

Share The Road Coalition

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I am looking forward to seeing our community continue to work together.  Especially since the Colorado Department of Transportation has selected Pueblo to create a Share The Road Coalition. CDOT is providing support first hand, and a $5,000 grant for a Share the Road Campaign.  This campaign will focus on educating and encouraging ALL users - walkers, cyclists, bikers, motorists - to share the road in a courteous and safe manner.  We will continue to make announcements about this on our PACE Face book pagewebsite and in future newsletters.   


The Mystery Of Who Exactly Rides Bikes – Solved!

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Unfortunately, sometimes stereotypes replace reality.  I have heard some people say there are only 2 types of cyclists in Pueblo - athletes and people with a DUI.  Yes, just like all cities, some cyclists can fit into either, or both, of these categories, but not all.  Regardless of that, every single one of them, as well as you, have a right to our roads. Throughout this newsletter, I have included pictures of people in our community who ride bicycles as a reminder that one size does not fit all. So, who rides? Those who cycle may be your Mom, your grandchild, your friend, your doctor, your neighbor, your Uncle, your teen, your teacher, your kid, your cousin, your customer, your employee, etc.  The same people who are pedestrians, and most of the same people who drive cars or motorcycles (if they are old enough).  

There is no mystery.  There is no "we" vs. "they".  It is all of "us" - our community wanting the same thing - to be safe, protected and respectful to one another and live in an strong economical environment which benefits all of us - regardless of how we get around.  We are one.

Upcoming Events:

Every Thursday at 6:30 PM:  Cruisin' Pueblo Community Bicycle Rides:

Community social bike rides every Thursday thru 10/1/2015. Free ride. All ages, skills and abilities. Sign a waiver and ride at your own risk. Meet at Bingo Burger (101 Central Plaza). Announcements at 6:15 pm. Ride starts at 6:30 pm. Participants get discounts on food and beverages after the ride. Average length of ride - 4 - 8 miles. Prize drawings throughout the season.
*This Thursday is the last week to get an entry for the $600 Cruiser Bike donated by Vance's Bicycle World!
**The drawing will take place on July 30th! For more information, see Facebook page for Cruisin' Pueblo.

National Bike Challenge:  National Bike Challenge 2015:  Join other Pueblo County cyclists as they track the number of miles ridden for recreational or transportation reasons through the end of September!  EVERY mile counts and you may join at any time!  The awards ceremony for the Pueblo Commuter Cup (based off the miles tracked in May and June) will be announced soon. This year's challenge is sponsored by Scott Nationals and PeopleForBikes. Participants in Pueblo County have ridden a total of 55,918 miles from May 1st - July 20th!  They have collectively burned over 3,000,000 calories, saved $11,186.00 in gas and saved over 18,412 pounds of CO2.  If you ride a bike and aren't signed up yet, Take 5 and start today!


Don't forget about some of the other fun outdoor events going on throughout the year.  Details may be found on our Events Calendar at activepueblo.net!  You may also find us on our Facebook page by clicking this link.

Ongoing Weekly Activities:

-Wed at 6:30 pm:  The Downtown Social Shuffle 3.1 mile run or 2 mile walk meets at JMichael's Pub.
-Thurs at 5:30 pm:  The Adventurous Sole and YMCA hosts fun runs from their store on 5th St.  Meet at 5:30 pm / start at 6:00 pm.  All abilities, all species, all ages.
-Thurs at 6:30 pm:  Cruisin' Pueblo Community Bike Rides meets at Bingo Burger.
-Every 2nd and 4th Friday in warm months at 6:30 pm: Pueblo Cruiser Bicycle Rides meets at J. Michael's Pub.

Upcoming Meetings:  This is your chance to make a difference in the community!

-5th Street 2-Way Bike Lane Follow Up - Public Meeting: Tues, July 21st - Community Room - Main Street Police Station 5 pm - 7 pm
-Pueblo Region 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Public Meeting:  If you miss the one on 7/27 flyer, there will be 4 more as follows:  
Mon, 8/3 – Pueblo Transit from 3pm – 6pm
Tues, 8/11 – Greenhorn Valley Library (Colorado City) Charles Burns Community Room from 5pm – 7pm
Mon, 8/17 – Pueblo West Library – Jerry G King Room B from 5pm – 7pm
Wed, 8/26 – Giodone Large Community Room (Mesa) from 5pm – 7pm

 -"Healthier Colorado" Meeting: Coming to Pueblo to get local input - Wed, 8/5 at 6 pm - Brett Kelly room A / Rawlings Public Library.

Monthly PACE Meetings:
Mon, August 10th, 8:00 am - 9:30 am:  Join us at the next PACE meeting at Gypsy Javas 119 Broadway Ave in Mesa Junction Area. 

All meetings are open to the public. If you would like included on the email distribution list for the agenda and minutes, please email stephanie.chambers@activepueblo.net and I will add you to the list.

Take 5 and Walk, Roll, and Get Moving Pueblo!

Stephanie Chambers
Bike / Ped Coordinator - City of Pueblo
PACE Project Coordinator for Challenges

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