Drivers are being reminded to safely share the road with bicyclists this weekend as Boulder County hosts two separate cycling events.
Saturday’s event, Bike MS, is a fundraising event supporting residents living with multiple sclerosis. In small waves, bicyclists will cross the county, departing from Front Range Community College in Westminster between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Participants’ route in Boulder County will follow westbound Colo. 52, northbound North 95th Street, westbound Niwot Road, northbound 73rd and 75th streets, then northbound 83rd Street into Larimer County. Riders will come back through the county along East County Line Road on their return to Westminster.
On Sunday, the Boulder Sunrise Triathlon starts at 7:15 a.m. at the Boulder Reservoir. Cyclists will be off the road by 10:30 a.m. with a sweep vehicle following the last cyclists to keep law enforcement and course marshals informed so that normal traffic in the area can be resumed.
Athletes will leave the park through the main entrance of the Boulder Reservoir, then head south on Jay Road, then veer right onto 28th Street, then again onto North Foothills Highway. .
Motorists are reminded to leave three feet between cyclists and their vehicles. Passing over a double-yellow line to safely pass a cyclist is permitted when oncoming traffic is cleared.
Questions can be emailed to Boulder County Special Events Coordinator John Holste at email@example.com.
In the time it took to purchase a sandwich from a shop in downtown Boulder, Nancy Trigg’s bike was cut from its lock and stolen.
The Boulder resident ultimately found the bicycle at an alleged chop shop and was able to retrieve it with the help of the Boulder Police Department. It wasn’t registered, Trigg said, but she had photographs of a large dent on the bicycle that helped confirm it was hers. She’s since placed a sticker reading “Please don’t steal my bicycle. Thanks.” over the dent.
While bicycle theft is not a new phenomenon, Trigg noted that something about it feels different.
“What’s different now is it’s blatant,” she said.
Indeed, bicycle theft is on the rise across Boulder County. Both Boulder and Longmont reported an increase in the past year. In Boulder, more than 1,000 bicycles valued at about $1.9 million have been stolen in 2020 from individuals and bicycle shops. In years past, the city reported an average of 700 bikes stolen annually.
Travel east to Longmont, and the story is similar. According to Longmont Police Sgt. Matt Cage, 211 bicycles have been reported stolen this year, an almost 10% increase from the year prior.
“Most property crimes are up all across the state, including Longmont,” Cage wrote in an email.
Although people self-report the value of their bike when it’s stolen, the Boulder Police Department said the average value of each stolen bicycle is more than $1,000. The figures extend through early December.
“Stolen bicycles are a chronic problem here in the city of Boulder,” Boulder Police Strategic Data and Policy Advisor Beth Christenson said in a Dec. 10 town hall meeting.
As such, the department has begun a targeted effort to combat the problem by teaming up with Bike Index, a nonprofit that helps people register their bicycles. The free service helps law enforcement locate and contact people who own a stolen bike that’s found.
“If your bike is stolen and you have registered it and it is found outside the jurisdiction, other agencies can quickly find where the bike is from and who it is registered to,” Christenson said.
Bryan Hance, co-founder of Bike Index, said he helped start the nonprofit organization when he realized that it made sense to have a central place for bike shops and cyclists to go to register bikes and search for stolen ones.
Marketplace in August reported that the disrupted supply chain led to a bicycle shortage. Hance referenced that shortage and other impacts of the coronavirus as some of the reasons for the rise in theft.
“It’s been a really busy year for bike thieves,” he said.
People often send the Boulder Police Department photos and videos of suspected bicycle chop shops, or places where stolen bikes are taken apart so parts can be sold or used on other stolen bikes. However, spokesperson Dionne Waugh said it’s difficult to
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Boulder Bicycle Now Open – Online Only
We have decided we’re going to try to keep the online store open as best we can during the current crises. The State of Colorado has determined that bicycle repair is a critical business – and we supply parts to those engaged in bicycle repair!
We only allow one staff member on site at one time, that means that orders may take longer to ship as we are not shipping every day. Note that we are not allowing in-person customers to visit our shop.
Please Stay Safe Out There – There are many things far more important than bike parts
A few ordering notes
1) If you forgot your customer account info from a previous visit, just checkout as a guest during the checkout process, and don’t worry about logging into your previous info.
2) You may see something in the checkout process about “Masterpass” – you can ignore that as the system will not force you to use it. You can use either credit card or paypal to make your purchase when you go to the next screen.
Shipping and Order Processing Times
At the current time, we are only shipping orders on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That means we typically get orders out within 2 business days. But, if we get slammed with orders on a weekend, if we can’t get them all out by monday, your order may not ship until Wednesday. If there is a risk of this, the shipping department status will typically but not always inform you of this. Also note: if you are a foreign buyer and send us payment for shipping that we’ve requested, your order may not go out until the next monday/wednesday/friday.
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Delays are Quite Possible
James who does most of the shipping is only in the shop the first couple of days each week. A few orders may go out later in the week if Mike sneaks in to pack some orders. So if you order after mid-day on a Tuesday, there is a chance your order might not go out until the first part of the following week!
Bulky items ordered early in a week may go out the later part of that same week, though, as Mike is the one most likely to take big boxes to Fedex
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