Cycling (Bikes & Bicycles)

Zakary Pashak is a rare breed. His company, Detroit Bikes, is one of the very few American bicycle makers. Most bikes come from China.

At times, Pashak endured ridicule at trade shows. "I'd get kind of surly bike mechanics coming up and telling me that my products stunk. There's definitely a fair bit of attitude in my industry," he says.

But last September, the industry's tune abruptly changed. The first round of U.S. tariffs, or import taxes, upped the cost of Chinese-made bikes by 10%, and companies saw Detroit Bikes as a potential partner.

It’s no secret that in peak season Yellowstone National Park is getting really, really crowded these days.

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Officials say two people were injured after their bicycles were caught in a booby trap on a Colorado Springs trail.

KRDO-TV reported Wednesday that the bicyclists were recently riding across a bridge on the Rock Island Trail when their bikes hit a trip line.

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A greenway to connect Denver with Rocky Mountain National Park would provide greater access to wildlife refuges by foot and by bike, but some say the plan would put nature lovers at risk. That’s because part of the trail will snake through Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the site of a former nuclear weapons manufacturing facility.

With the deadline for a funding grant looming, several cities have chosen sides -- will they contribute to the effort to secure the federal money or not -- and Arvada is the next in line.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday that the state will prioritize connecting and building 16 hiking and biking trails in all parts of Colorado. The goal is to connect and build missing trail segments to make it easier for people to access open space and parks.

It's part of the governor's Colorado the Beautiful initiative, unveiled in 2015.

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Air quality on busy roads usually isn't all that great. But while getting to and from work, commuters -- whether they drive or ride bikes -- are often on busy roads. Colorado State University mechanical engineering professor John Volckens wanted to see if there was a way to change commutes to limit exposure to dirty air.

"We wanted to figure out a way so that people could empower themselves to make choices to reduce their exposure to air pollution during commuting," said Volckens.

To see if there was an easy way to do this, 45 commuters were outfitted with backpacks containing multiple air quality measuring instruments and turned loose on the streets of Fort Collins.

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Folsom Street is a north-south artery that runs through Boulder. It already has a bike lane, but in the summer of 2015, officials decided to try an experiment. On a mile-long stretch, they would try to make the street even more bike-friendly. To do this, they took away a car lane and added wider, buffered bike lanes set off from the street by white plastic posts.

The experiment was supposed to last a year, while the city collected data on changes to traffic speeds, crash data and the number of cyclists using the improved corridor. Yet after a huge public outcry, Boulder backed away from the changes less than three months in.

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This summer, Boulder decided to conduct an experiment that would make the town a little more bike friendly. The city started the "Living Lab" project on Folsom Street, a north-south artery that runs through town.

The goal was improving travel safety, for bikes and pedestrians, but also cars. To do this, the city reduced Folsom Street from four lanes to three, and added wider, protected bike lanes. The project, which began in July, was supposed to last a year. It lasted eight weeks. 

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Colorado is well-known for its outdoor recreation, but Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to take it to the next level - by making it even easier for people to access open space and parks. In addition to a previously unveiled Colorado the Beautiful Initiative, the governor has also pledged $100 million to create and connect bike trails.

"The ultimate goal is connecting everyone from Denver to the foothills and mountains to the west," said Tom Hoby, Jefferson County's director of open space and parks.

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