Biking in Breckenridge will be safer next week |

Biking in Breckenridge will be safer next week

BRECKENRIDGE – Councilmember Eric Mamula expressed concern that it’s only a matter of time before a cyclist dies crossing the busy intersection near City Market.Though it was a passing remark at the last town council meeting, council members did stress the importance of creating a safer alternative for bikers. Currently, cyclists have to ride on Park Avenue to access the bike path. “Combining Main Street and Park Avenue traffic with all the bike path traffic … is a lot of pressure on a confined area,” wrote town engineer Tom Daugherty in an e-mail to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). “Already there have been some close calls between bikes and traffic that could have been disastrous.”CDOT hopes to open the dirt bike path by the middle of next week, said Terry Perkins, director of public works. Opening the path will allow cyclists to ride from French Street to Kingdom Park without crossing Park Street at the light.Daugherty also asked CDOT to add debris nets on the sides of the bridge to protect path users from falling objects. Though the nets are an extra expense, CDOT agreed to use them.Friday, Robert Smith, of CDOT, said they had removed the barrier over the bike path and will be grading this week. Flaggers will let bikers know when CDOT will temporarily close the path when it is working overhead or paving.

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