Kerr’s bike route bill heads to Judiciary

The Colorado Statesman

House Bill 1092, sponsored by Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, was approved on a 7-6 vote in the House Transportation Committee last week, and is scheduled for a second reading this week.

The lengths some people will go to get the attention of the press: Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, braved 7 degree temperatures Tuesday to ride his mountain bike around the grounds of the state Capitol as a way to promote a bill being heard in the House this week.
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Dressed for the part, Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, pitches House Bill 1092 at the Capitol on Tuesday. The bill would require local communities that close off streets to bicycles to provide alternative routes.
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The bill would require local communities that close off streets to bicycles to provide alternative routes, and is in response to a decision by the city of Black Hawk to close off its main street last year. According to a statement, the city’s decision closed down access to a national bicycle route that led to Rocky Mountain National Park. The decision also created bad publicity for the state, according to Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, and may lead other communities to consider similar actions. That’s what makes it an issue of statewide concern, he said Tuesday.

Kerr was joined at the Capitol Tuesday by 100 cyclists and Colorado cycling legend Ron Kiefel, who competed in the Tour de France and the Coors Classic. Kerr referred to his bicycle riding on the Capitol’s icy parking lot Tuesday as somewhere between “bravery and stupidity.”

On Wednesday, HB 1092 was sent to the Judiciary Committee at the request of its chair, Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs. Kerr fought against the request, stating the bill would meet almost certain demise in that committee. Kerr acknowledged the bill needed further work and asked that it go to the Local Government Committee, but in the end the vote was to send it to Judiciary, on a 32-30 vote. Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, voted with the Democrats, but three Democrats were also absent. Kerr grumbled later that the votes from the missing Democrats would have kept his bill alive.