Summer of cyclists; ugly developments

By: Letters
June 10, 2013 Updated: June 10, 2013 at 8:25 am
photo - Shannon Ambrose leads a group of mountain bikers through the Yucca Flats in Palmer Park during the Women Mountain Biking Association of Colorado Springs' first group ride of the season Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Shannon Ambrose leads a group of mountain bikers through the Yucca Flats in Palmer Park during the Women Mountain Biking Association of Colorado Springs' first group ride of the season Thursday, May 16, 2013. 

Summer of cyclists everywhere

Is the summer over yet? Traveling this past weekend reminded me of how much I dislike Colorado in the summer, cyclists everywhere, riding on two lane roads and highways that barely have enough road for two cars, let alone cyclists riding on the lane's white line or to the left of it and riding two, and sometimes three abreast. And we're told that when we pass these Polyester-ed Muppets, we must be at least three feet away from the cyclist. Does anyone realize how stupid this is on highways like I-83 between Colorado Springs and Parker or any road in Black Forest?

These cyclists have no respect for the laws, pay no attention to the cars that have to watch out for them or the drivers that attempt to calculate a pass around their erratic path, and think nothing of jamming up intersections by stopping to regroup or take a break. This past weekend's Bicycle Tournament created a traffic nightmare, and our local/state police and sheriff's officers were at intersections, on our dime, trying to add some safety structure to the mess that these people create.

I know Colorado is always trying to bolster tourism, but I always warn my family and friends to avoid it like the plague during the cycling season.

Bob Raskey, Colorado Springs


Projected savings is skewed

I am very concerned with Mayor Steve Bach's proposal to outsource the City's fleet management. It is outrageous that he would even consider outsourcing to a foreign company.

I want my taxes to stay in Colorado Springs and pay Colorado Springs residents a fair salary for the work they perform. You can be sure that this foreign company (who the mayor is not disclosing) will not reinvest in Colorado Springs or its residents. This foreign company will bring their own employees into Colorado Springs and send their profits out of Colorado Springs. We don't need more unemployment in Colorado Springs.

Also, the projected savings is skewed. Anyone can do the math. Two million in savings over three years with a project severance payout of $700,000.00 is a savings of $433,000.00 per year. Not much in the overall scheme of our city budget.

The city's fleet management team has years of experience and is one of the 10 top-rated teams in the nation. Remember the old adage "you get what you pay for." Or - are we going to kick the can again?

Eileen Martin, Colorado Springs


All seems rather ho hum

If you think Eric Holder and the "don't know anything about it" flunkies at the IRS should go, maybe it would help to first ride herd on our two illustrious dodgers from Colorado, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. Where are these two great defenders of the Constitution? Try calling or emailing them. You'll get a fabulous form letter telling of all their great achievements. How can we rid ourselves of the great Washington deadbeats when we can't rid our own states of these types? Is it any wonder we have an Eric Holder, a Janet Napolitano, a Barack Obama or an IRS that would hand us all national serfdom?

I see or hear nothing from Bennet or Udall about any outrage over Benghazi, the IRS or any other scandal. There is not an iota of outrage either there or in the mainstream press, really. We need a national revolution calling for the abolishment of the IRS, a move to a flat tax and universal firing of these people. Instead it all seems rather ho hum. Gee, if I wait long enough, stall long enough, lie long enough, etc., maybe they'll all just go away as usual.

Donna Hartley, Black Forest


The ugliest looking developments

Once again, I see that Banning Lewis land is for sale. This land, to me, is wonderful open space prairie which should be controlled. By control, I mean developed in a sensible manner. Colorado Springs area development has been allowed in such a manner that all one sees is rooftop upon rooftop and the incumbent traffic problems. Did it ever occur to city and county planners that the current citizens of the area would like something different and attractively spread out? How about half-acre or larger sites, brick exteriors and ranch-style houses?

Developers have been allowed to place housing on postage-stamp-sized lots (they make more money) and copycat exteriors so that Colorado Springs and Denver, among others, have some of the ugliest looking developments in the nation. The excuse used is that folks demand two-story houses with little maintenance. If the truth were really known, I believe buyers would say, that the single floor houses being offered have inadequate square footage, done intentionally by developers to enhance their bottom line.

Since developers are going to have to get some pre-approval, I hope some real consideration will be given to re-platting the Banning Lewis acreage. Taxes and developers should take a secondary position to beauty.

Alice Hawes, Fountain

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