Colorado Springs, CO: “Battle of the Bike Lanes” draws large, noisy crowd

Around 300 people crowded the room, dozens standing in the back when seats were quickly filled. Bike lane supporters cheered and rang bicycle bells when their ideological counterparts — City Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler, Cory Sutela of Bike Colorado Springs and city traffic engineer Tim Roberts — defended the lanes that have some residents feeling safer and others fretting that their tax money was misused.

Opponents applauded bike-lane skeptics Edward Snider of Restore Our Roads, and Rick Villa of SaferCC.com, when they challenged the city’s traffic priorities.