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Lefthand Canyon cycling closures put in place until May 1

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Lefthand Canyon from U.S. 36 to Peak to Peak Highway and James Canyon from Lefthand Canyon to Balarat Road will be closed to cyclists until May 1 so debris hazards can be removed and for road construction.

Motorists are also asked to stay out of the canyons unless travel is essential.

“Due to unsafe conditions on the roadways such as steep drop-offs along the roadways from washed-away ditches and washed-away roadway shoulders, plus the increased volumes of heavy construction and road maintenance equipment along compromised roadways, so we can remove debris before spring runoff, we ask that cyclists stay out of the canyons if possible,” Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle said. “While these conditions are experienced by both motorists and bicyclists, bicyclists are much more likely to have their safety compromised.”

If residents need to bike in the area for basic transportation, they can call the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-3650 to obtain a permit.