Cyclists 4 Community Seek Safe Roads for All

Indian Peaks Ride Boulder

Building Bonds and Mutual Respect for All Users

Cyclists 4 Community is a young organization in Boulder that represents cyclists and the communities “where we ride.” Its mission is two-fold: to support local charities with a cycling-related angle and to make roads safer for bicycles.

C4C formed after the devastating 2013 floods when it raised more than $200,000 to help local communities rebuild. Many areas affected, such as Jamestown and Lyons, were favorite cycling destinations so cyclists put their money where their wheels wanted to go. Since then C4C —comprised of cyclists, business people and other community members — has evolved to support cycling-related organizations that “do good,” said co-founder Russ Chandler, such as Boulder Food Rescue, which uses bikes to transport food to organizations like Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA). The group has also become even more committed to promoting safety awareness on Boulder County roads with the recent deaths of several cyclists.

Plans include working closely with the City of Boulder’s Transportation Division, the Boulder County Transportation Department, the Boulder County Sheriff’s office, and other local non-profits to develop campaigns under the umbrella of Toward Vision Zero, such as improving signage and offering educational outreach to motorists and cyclists. A programmable, movable, lighted highway sign to warn motorists about heavy cycling traffic ahead — such as large group rides or races — is one of its priorities.

Jamestown Lefthand Canyon Safety Boulder

A rendering of a digital sign warning motorists of a heavily trafficked route for cyclists

Last month, C4C hosted a major fundraiser called Crank It Forward and raised $50,000 through tickets sales and a silent and live auction to help fund these campaigns.