Denver has been recognized as a silver level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists. With the 2011 addition of Denver’s Volunteer Courtesy Patrol (VCP), the city hopes to achieve platinum designation. With more than 100 energetic volunteers, the VCP actively provides education, mechanical and medical assistance to area cyclists. The VCP was launched by Denver Parks and Recreation’s Ranger Program in partnership with BikeDenver. Frequently called upon to help stranded cyclists, volunteer patrollers, who are easily recognized in their bright green Primal jerseys, are prepared to help. They are equipped with maps, inner tubes, patch kits, tools, Clif Bars and first aid kits. While cuts and bruises are the typical injury, patrollers have been called upon to assist with more serious incidents. The patrols cover some of the city’s most visited areas, including Sloan’s Lake, Cherry Creek, South Platte River, High Line Canal and Bear Creek trails, as well as Washington, City and Cheesman parks. Two new programs are expected to launch: a Denver Mountain Parks sister program focusing on mountain bikers and a walking program to provide friendly on-foot patrols in mountain and urban parks. Volunteers are always needed. Recruitment begins in March and training occurs in April.
Bike Rules and Safety Tips
- Wear a helmet. While this is not a requirement it just makes good sense.
- If you stop on a trail/path pull off completely and let others pass.
- Look before yielding into trail entrances. These are prime locations for accidents.
- The Denver trails and path speed limit is 15 mph.
- Always stay to the right.
- Pass on the left only after getting attention of those in front of you.
- If you have a cell phone, keep it with you.
- For non-emergency issues call 3-1-1 to contact a Denver Park Ranger.