It could just be wishful thinking, but it looks like Boulder County’s transportation decider—or perhaps someone who writes the words for him—has modified his internal-combustion bias ever so slightly.
He was quoted as follows in a Longmont Times-Call story about why the damaged canyon roads are closed to cyclists:
While these conditions are experienced by both motorists and bicyclists, bicyclists are much more likely to have their safety compromised.
That’s an improvement, in that he acknowledges the roads are dangerous for motorists, but not much of an improvement.
The roads, he says, are more dangerous for cyclists than they are for motorists because of steep drop-offs and increased heavy equipment traffic. I’m going to hazard a guess that more motorists than cyclists go over those steep drop-offs on canyon roads and that there are more collisions between big trucks and other motor vehicles than there are between big trucks and people on bicycles.
The biggest hazards to cyclists are careless drivers, and maybe someday Boulder County and others will acknowledge that.