Southwest Colorado— The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are asking drivers to be prepared to share the road during the annual Colorado’s Ride event in the last week of August. Approximately 175 cyclists will ride several highways and county roads between Silverton, Durango, Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek Pass. The event will run for five days (August 28th to September 1st) from 7:30am to 3:00pm each day.
Date and highway location:
August 28: US 550 – Durango to Silverton
August 29th: US 550, US 160 & CO 172 – Durango Loop
August 30: CO 151 & US 160 – Durango to Pagosa Springs
August 31st: US 160 – Pagosa Springs to Wolf Creek Pass
September 1st: US 160 – Pagosa to Durango
Check the Colorado Ride Course Descriptions web page for times and exact course details.
Safety Tips for Drivers and Riders
Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and share the road with bicyclists at all times.
- Concentrate on driving and avoid using cell phones and other personal devices.
- Slow down and watch out for cyclists and pedestrians
- Bicycles have the right to use all roads in Colorado unless expressly prohibited.
- Drive carefully and check your rear-view and side mirrors for biking movements.
Bicycles must comply with traffic laws. You are also a vehicle.
- run with the flow of traffic
- Always ride in single file and quickly pass other cyclists
- Scan the road, anticipate hazards and tell others about your movements
- Use hand signals to warn nearby vehicles to turn or change lanes
For more information on Colorados Ride events, please visit the event website: www.coloradosride.com
Know Before You Go
Travelers are called to “know before departure”. Gather information about weather forecasts, expected travel impacts, and current road conditions before departure. CDOT resources include:
REMEMBER: SLOW IN THE CONE ZONE
The following tips will help you stay safe when navigating maintenance and construction work zones.
- Do not speed within the work area. Observe posted speed limits.
- Stay vigilant! Expect the unexpected.
- Be careful workers. Please drive carefully.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in the work area.
- Turn on your headlights so they are visible to workers and other drivers.
- Be especially careful when driving through work zones at night.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
- Make sure you have enough space between you and the vehicle in front.
- Anticipate lane changes and merge when instructed.
- be patient!
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