SPIN CY­CLE

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY MURAT OZTASKIN

Gov­er­nor John Hick­en­looper speaks to build­ing the “best state for bik­ing.”

What does the “best state for bik­ing” look like? “There are so many ben­e­fits—re­duc­ing traf­fic, hav­ing health­ier ci­ti­zens, build­ing com­mu­nity—to this kind of in­fra­struc­ture, which in­cludes more trails and bet­ter street in­fra­struc­ture. But we want to be very clear that safety is also a high fo­cus.” Two years into a four-year in­vest­ment, what’s been ac­com­plished thus far? “It hasn’t all been spent yet, but we’ve awarded $75 mil­lion since Septem­ber 2015. This is the first time Colorado has re­ally in­te­grated all of its spend­ing— mu­nic­i­pal, county, state, non­prof­its, money from the lot­tery.” What are key projects for the Roar­ing Fork Val­ley? “In con­junc­tion with our ‘16 in 2016’ pro­gram [which high­lighted 16 state projects last year], we’re plan­ning a con­nec­tor trail be­tween Car­bon­dale and Crested Butte, go­ing up over the Ma­roon Bells. On the Crested Butte side, you have some of the most amaz­ing moun­tain bike trails on earth.” What was the cat­a­lyst for this ini­tia­tive? “My ‘bike czar,’

Ken Gart [prin­ci­pal of Den­ver’s

The Gart Com­pa­nies], who has helped knit to­gether all these dif­fer­ent agen­cies and groups, as well as [Western Land Group founder] Tom Glass. He and Ken had this vi­sion of some­one be­ing able to fly into Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port and then ride a bi­cy­cle all the way to Vail, or even Aspen, with­out ever hav­ing to ride on the shoul­der of a road.” .

WITH A $100 MIL­LION STATEWIDE CY­CLING IN­VEST­MENT, GOV­ER­NOR SPEAKS TO BUILD­ING THE “BEST STATE FOR BIK­ING.”

No end of the road: “There’s a greater vi­sion,” says Gov­er­nor John Hick­en­looper of the state’s

$100 mil­lion in­vest­ment in bi­cy­cling, which in­te­grates the ef­forts of grass-roots com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and statewide

agen­cies like the Colorado De­part­ment of Transportation.

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