Homemade ‘speed bump’ in Montezuma causes damage for cyclists
August 1, 2016
A makeshift "speed bump" recently caused havoc in Montezuma, damaging two bikes and causing some bumps and bruises for local cyclists. Constructed from PVC pipes and rubber hoses, the homemade contraption rested at the site where pavement turns to dirt, where congregating cyclists and speeding cars exasperated a nearby homeowner.
Summit County Interim Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said his department received some complaints about the "speed bumps" the weekend of July 16, though neither of the injured cyclists were the reporting party.
"I sent a deputy over there to inspect it and, lo and behold, these pipes are going across the road," he said.
Although the Summit County Sheriff's Office does not have a contract with Montezuma, it will still respond to calls in the area. Hey, Spike! columnist Miles Porter noted local investigator Charlie McCormick and former Breckenridge Mayor John Warner both had to replace their derailleurs and hangers after getting caught on the barriers. McCormick listed the total cost of repairs at $531. Warner's helmet was also cracked in the accident, preventing further injury.
After locating the barriers, FitzSimons informed Montezuma Mayor Lesley Davis of the illegal speed bumps. At a town hall meeting that Tuesday, they convinced the homeowner to remove the barrier and will discuss the construction of a legal speed bump with the county for next summer.
"It was never the homeowner's intention to harm anyone, bikes or cars — it was just a fed up homeowner," FitzSimons said. "The amount of traffic up there in the summer is just crazy. In Montezuma, they have dogs running all over the place, people walking there, it's a different kind of community."
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FitzSimons said they were reaching out to local bike groups and bike shops to inform road cyclists not to congregate in the road at the end of the pavement with cars driving around them. He added they were looking into adding a paved overlook area for the cyclists.
"It was a very positive solution to something that could have gotten way out of control," he said. "Hopefully we'll just resolve this and call it a day."
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