Blackhawk and Bike Advocacy? I Don’t Think So

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You might remember Blackhawk, CO as The City That Banned Bicycles. Well, in a bit of exquisite irony, Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, reports that he recently received a solicitation from a casino in Blackhawk asking that he bring the League’s business there. Somehow, I don’t think that’s gonna’ work out… LOL.

Read about it on the LAB blog

14 Responses to “Blackhawk and Bike Advocacy? I Don’t Think So”

  • jeremy says:

    Wow, what a bunch of clowns – this is like cutting off a hand and then asking it to feed you! I’m still waiting to see when/if the citizens of Black Hawk file a challenge to this absurdity in state court.

  • Marc says:

    Im not sure i want to know what a town that bans bikes is like… not even out of morbid curiosity…

  • Grateful says:

    That’s hilarious. Can you imagine 5000 cyclists converging on and riding down main street of Black Heart, er, I mean Black Hawk?

    What would they do? They surely don’t have enough cops to write that many tickets – and I don’t think the governor of CO would be willing to offer them any help to that end.

    Those Morons, (with a capital M) !!!

  • markbikeslondon says:

    Wow, what goes around really does come around…

    This said, maybe it’s not the casino’s fault that the town’s powers that be banned cycling; maybe it just goes to show why bikes are good for business and bans are bad. Because of the shortsited nature of Black Hawk’s law makers local businesses are missing out on trade. More fool them indeed.

  • bongobike says:

    LOL!!! Mr. Clarke should write them back that he will be glad to hold a mega convention at their hotel/casino as soon as they get the city council to rescind the stupid ordinance.

  • Eric says:

    I live in Colorado and I’m not sure that residents of Black Hawk are going to be putting up too much resistance…I’m not sure anyone even lives there. I can’t figure out why anyone would go there anyway, by bicycle or car; except the elderly who are bussed in (presumably against their will).

  • randomray says:

    What the ??? Can a local ordinance supersede a state law in Colorado ? I wonder what the rest of the story is ? I have a feeling it involves heavy drinking or a lot of pot before a town council meeting . LOL I’m glad I don’t live there , but this really is funny .

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Seems to me that this isn’t just about irony. Maybe the people who own the casino can exert some influence over the town’s government once they realise they are losing business due to this law.

  • John says:

    Maybe the LAB should take them up on it and engage in some massive civil disobedience.

  • Ted says:

    Who knows. Maybe the manager of this casino is opposed to the biking ban and is looking to build up a list of business that he’s lost because of the ban. What better way to build up the list than to send invitations to bike advocacy groups.

  • Moopheus says:

    Black Hawk has a permanent population of 118 people and 17 casinos. Nothing happens there that is against the interests of the casinos. The casinos wanted the ban. Therefore, they got it. My guess is that neither the town or the casinos give a hoot about the negative publicity and will not relent until a court forces them.

    On the other hand, I do like the idea of the League accepting their offer, and arriving with their entire membership riding into town on their bikes.

  • Scott says:

    I used to live in the same county as Blackhawk (GIlpin County) The county is very rural, full of mountain people that like their privacy and like to be left alone. Blackhawk isn’t a city anymore really, it’s wholly owned and operated by the casinos. Whatever they want, they get. So the “residents” could care less what happens in the town as long as the money still flows. That’s all they care about.

    The casinos are the only real source of income for the entire county and they have given a lot to the county residents….a really nice rec center with pool, new justice center, a new school, funding for roads, etc. Still, the casinos ruined any sense of “community” this tiny county ever had and the bike ban is just one of the many “shake your head” worthy things they’ve foistered.

    First mining came in and destroyed the land (Gilpin has more mines in a concentrated area than most other places in the world) now the casinos came in and ripped the rest of what was left of the community apart..literally. They’ve blown up entire mountains and removed 80% of all the Victorian era homes all to build more casinos.

    So don’t think that the bike ban is anything that they worry about. Less bikes means more room for Ford Expeditions with fat, lazy, usually drunk people from Denver to steal money from.

  • Marcus says:

    I think the appropriate protest without breaking any laws is for cyclists to converge en masse on the town driving cars with bikes on racks and completely congest traffic until the message is received.

  • Stephen says:

    My wife and I drove through Blackhawk once. Yuck. Casinos are for dreamers and fools.

    They don’t want bicycles there? Fine, but rest assured I won’t go back anytime soon. Not for even gas and a candybar.

 
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