Denver police crack down on bike night

Complaints of traffic violations, drunken biking

DENVER - Every Wednesday night, hundreds of cyclists hit the street for a Denver tradition, Denver Bike Night.

“It’s a night out on bikes, experiencing the city on two wheels,” said organizer Brad Evans, who started the event nine years ago.

This Wednesday night, the theme is tourists, and cyclists were sporting their most outrageous Hawaiian shirts and sunglasses.

“It’s fun! Come join us,” said one rider.

But as the crowds have grown, so have the problems.

“We have had a  lot of complaints and police have witnessed the violations,” said Sgt. Betty Hale with the Denver Police Department.

Hale said that in response, officers were launching a Bike Night operation, where four officers and a supervisor patrol the high bike-traffic area from 8 p.m. until midnight.

“We will be handing out citations, including citations for biking drunk,” said Hale.

Evans said Bike Night participants plan to do a better job of self-policing, passing out safety cards and keeping each other in line.

“We’re going to have problems, but at the same time we’re the role model of how to do it right,” said Evans.

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