DENVER
11/14/2011 07:33 pm ET | Updated Nov 14, 2011

Boulder City Council To Consider Bike Speed Limits Tuesday

Bikers in Boulder, Colorado, may be feeling a little road rage after Tuesday's meeting when the City Council considers implementing a speed limit for cyclists. The proposed speed limit is 8 miles per hour, complete with speed checks conducted by police and doubled speeding fines for construction zones; though it would only apply in crosswalks.

Bill Cowern, Boulder's transportation operations engineer, told the Daily Camera that the law's language would also require all crosswalk users to push the flashing lights button where available to warn vehicles of their crossing. The fine amounts would have to be determined later by a municipal court.

"If the pedestrian is not pushing that button, they're not offering the driver the opportunity to see them," Cowern said. He also said that of the city's 15 flashing crosswalk sites, most of the accidents involved bicycles.

Yet if Boulder enacts a cycling speeding limit, even if only in specific areas, it could promote confusion for cyclists traveling through the city, Bicycle Colorado Executive Director Dan Grunig told CBS4 News.

"The biking community wants to have consistent laws around the state," Grunig said.

Tuesday is just a first reading of the proposal, a final vote and public discussion would be scheduled later.

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