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Warm Weather Brings Out Cyclists

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The warming days and earlier daybreaks are inviting more people to peddle to work or school. But drivers are not necessarily in sync with the increase of the number of bicyclists. A man riding a bicycle in Denver was injured this morning in a collision with a truck. The accident happened at about 6:55 a.m. at the corner of East 3rd Avenue and Lincoln Street, reported a Denver Police Department spokesman. The injured bicyclist was taken to Denver Health Medical Center with lower back injuries.

And yesterday morning, a University of Denver student was injured when she collided with a vehicle while riding a bicycle. The accident happened about 8 a.m. in the 2000 block of South University Boulevard, said a Denver Police Department spokeswoman. The student was scheduled to undergo surgery last evening at Swedish Medical Center, to repair a broken leg suffered in the accident.

The driver of the vehicle was exiting a parking lot when the accident happened. But the bicyclist was cited for riding her bicycle on the sidewalk. The driver was not cited.

With so many aggressive drivers on the roads, it is often inviting to jump up on the sidewalk as an avoidance tactic. But in Colorado, this is against the law. Bicyclists have the same rights and duties on Colorado roads as drivers of motorized vehicles. See Second Denver Bicyclist Dies in Collision for a discussion of the Colorado statute and advice on staying safe.

So dust off your bike, and enjoy the wonderful spring weather – but remember to stay on the road, obey the traffic laws and wear high-visibility clothing especially during the morning rush hours and at dusk.