County proposes road race permit changes

Larimer County wants to relax its regulations on foot races on county roads while keeping permits for biking events at two per month.

Current Special Event Permit rules limit “events” on any one segment of county road to two in any 30-day period. Events are defined as “a bicycle race or ride; foot race or walk; a motored vehicle event; a temporary road closure for purposes other than normal highway uses.” Any event using a county road or property that would require “changing, restricting, or adapting normal traffic use” must comply.

According to County Manager Frank Lancaster, there haven’t been concerns with non-bicycling road events.

“We just haven’t had issues with other road events, specifically running events, that we have had with bicycling events,” he said. “We believe we can open up the roads to running events while maintaining the limit on bike events, without any additional negative impact to neighbors or other users of the roads.”

Lancaster said that the feedback received so far is that the resolution should be changed to: “No more than two bicycling events or road closures will be permitted on any individual section of county road during any 30-day period.”

Lancaster will take comments or suggestions on this proposed change through Thursday, March 15, at flancaster@larimer.org, or 970-498-7004.

The entire Special Events Permit Resolution is available on the Larimer County web site, the Virtual Courthouse, at:
larimer.org/specialevent/special_events_regulations.pdf

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