State lacks money to study cyclists, pedestrians
DENVER — Cyclist and pedestrian deaths are up in Colorado, but transportation officials say they don’t have the money for a database that would help find ways to reduce them.
The Denver Post reported today that cyclist deaths are up 44 percent and pedestrian deaths are up nearly 10 percent since 2002.
Transportation experts say that simplifying and expediting the availability of collision data can make it easier to predict where accidents might happen and determine the causes.
But data-sharing systems can cost millions of dollars, and coordinating the effort can be difficult.
Democratic state Sen. Rollie Heath of Boulder says the state doesn’t adequately fund basic road repairs, and the Colorado Department of Transportation has many needs for the money available.