Letter: The hazards of Shadow Mountain Bike Park

Posted 7/27/22

Shadow Mountain Bike Park, a private, commercial enterprise up from the Denver area, will damage the environment and increase likelihood of injury and death to Conifer Area residents by 15-25% or more.

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Letter: The hazards of Shadow Mountain Bike Park

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Shadow Mountain Bike Park, a private, commercial enterprise up from the Denver area, will damage the environment and increase likelihood of injury and death to Conifer Area residents by 15-25% or more.

“Whoa, is a bike park really the worst thing?” exclaims Mr. Phil Bouchard on behalf of Park developers who think a name change from Full Send Bike Ranch will disguise the fact they disregard just about everything (look up the meaning of “Full Send”) except the thrill of extreme sports and $12 million annual revenue. Anyone could doubt the opening sentence, but we can support that assertion through arguments too numerous for the scope of this letter. So, here is one: more will follow.

Elk Creek Fire (ECF) rightly responds to all injury accidents in its 15,000-resident Protection District through a single EMS team (that’s it: one team) funded by residents’ mill levies, county subsidies, and compensation for services rendered. They are not volunteers as Mr. Bouchard seems to think. SMBP will weaken or incapacitate ECF’s EMS response in numerous ways:

1.SMBP once planned a bar. Regardless, the frequency of intoxicated driving must increase on Shadow Mountain Drive (CR-78) and along every route within ECFPD’s boundaries. Extreme free-ride downhill mountain bikers have formed their own cannabis subculture which currently debates whether intoxication improves or impairs performance. Duh.

2. 4,000+ park patrons weekly must increase the number of accidents at CR-78’s four school bus stops and at the difficult intersections of:

·CR-73/ CR-78.

·CR-73/Barkley Road

·Barkley Rd. exit from US-285 (in front of West Jeff Elementary School)

·CR-78/South Warhawk Road

3. SMBP seeks to tax ECFPD EMS whenever its own first aid resources are inadequate to injuries within the park, possibly depriving residents of life-saving EMS response and taking ECF’s single response unit out of District for up to six hours. Mr. Bouchard low-balls the number of potential SMBP injuries at 2-4 daily. A similar development near Vancouver, B.C., Canada documented injury rates that translate to 36 emergency room visits a week by SMBP patrons, presumably transported by EMT teams. The number is certainly somewhere between.

4. ECFPD currently experiences 20% to 50% overlapping calls and defaults of nearly 18% against allowed requests for payments on services rendered. Most defaults accrue from non-residents who injure themselves and others inside ECFPD’s boundaries, as will happen at SMBP.

Visit StopFullSendBikeRanch.com and CoSECC.org to help defeat SMBP.

G. Scott O’Connell, Conifer

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