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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Opposite of Green Urban Planning

Posted on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

In a move that can only be described as the exact opposite of the way things should be going, Black Hawk, the smallest town in Colorado with only 118 residents, has recently banned bicycles on their roadways. Michael Copp, the City Manager, said that the city council "believe their actions are what's best for it's citizens in Black Hawk, which are casinos and their patrons." Copp's logic definitely makes sense, because people can't relax and enjoy themselves while they are gambling if there are strangers riding their bicycles all over the streets outside! That would be chaos! Local bike enthusiasts respond with a small protest:

If you are "caught riding a bike" in Black Hawk you can expect to receive a $68 ticket, which is probably less money than you would have lost if you actually made it to the casino without getting stopped. In any case, we here in Portland should all get on our bikes, enjoy the beautiful weather, and breathe a sigh of relief that we aren't one of the 118 people who live in Black Hawk, Colorado. Amen. Via The Huffington Post.

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