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Ride the Rockies Traffic Restrictions

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Date: June 8, 2010

To safely accommodate upwards of 2,400 bicyclists participating in the Ride the Rockies Bicycling Tour, Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument will restrict motorized traffic on Sunday, June 13, between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. for four miles on the east side of the park.

Motorized traffic will be prohibited to enter the monument at the east entrance during this time period. Bicyclists will be permitted to ride into the park at the east entrance and will be restricted to riding in the west bound lane only.

One-way east bound (downhill) motorized traffic will be permitted from the Glade Park DS Road turn off to the east entrance. Two-way motorized traffic will be permitted from the west entrance at Fruita, Colorado across Rim Rock Drive as far east as the DS Road turn off to Glade Park. At 11 a.m., two-way traffic will resume along the entire length of Rim Rock Drive.

Westbound motorized traffic from Grand Junction heading to Glade Park should plan to use the Little Park Road between the hours of 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. During the one-way restriction, the speed limit for the entire road will be 25 miles per hour and no passing will be permitted.

Throughout the day, there will be especially high volumes of bicyclists along Rim Rock Drive. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution while driving along Rim Rock Drive.  Bicyclists are asked to share the road and travel as far to the right as is practicable and safe to allow vehicles to pass.

For additional information regarding Ride the Rockies, please contact www.ridetherockies.com or 303-954-6700. For additional information about Colorado National Monument please contact 970-858-3617 ext. 360.

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