Monument cracking down on cyclists and motorists

Cruising the Colorado National Monument could cost more than the entrance fee this coming week.

Speeding motorists and cyclists who disobey the rules of sharing the road will have an increased chance of being ticketed as the monument beefs up traffic enforcement. The “enhanced traffic enforcement” is meant to encourage safety as the monument enters its busiest season of the year, Superintendent Joan Anzelmo said.

“We’ve had way, way too many near misses with cars almost hitting cyclists,” Anzelmo said. “I want people to enjoy the place and realize it’s not a speedway.”

The most recent bicycling accident on the monument occurred in August,  when Crossroads Fitness General Manager Neil Bradford died after his bike tire rubbed against another bicycle and he lost control of his bike.

Anzelmo said a car versus bike accident on the monument hasn’t occurred in three years, and she’d like to extend that streak.

“We’re doing this to slow people down and prevent catastrophic accidents on the monument,” she said.

The monument has issued 200 citations in the past 12 months, Anzelmo estimated. The majority of those were for speeding.

Citations include a $75 ticket for failing to cycle single-file through a tunnel to a more expensive ticket for speeding.


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