Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill last week which will help make Colorado roads safer for cyclists. The measure, Senate Bill 148, requires that drivers give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing or risk a $110 ticket. Anyone who throws an object at a cyclist could be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries a fine of between $250 and $1,000, and a possible sentence of three to 12 months in jail. The bill was sponsored by a bipartisan pair of avid cyclists — Republican Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray and Democratic Rep. Michael Merrifield of Manitou Springs. The new law takes effect Aug

bicyclists.jpgBut the new law didn’t help Dave Scott, a six-time Ironman world champion and triathlon coach, who was injured Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Boulder. Friends said Scott spent Sunday night at Boulder Community Hospital and underwent surgery on his shoulder blade Monday at the Steadman Hawkins Clinics in Vail.

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