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Car, bicycle collide on Deer Creek Canyon Road

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By AJ Vicens

Barely a week after the Jeffco commissioners denied a special-event permit for a charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road because of safety concerns, a bicycle and a car collided.

The cyclist, Robert Davis of Highlands Ranch, was riding up Deer Creek Canyon Road on July 8 when a car pulled out of South Valley Road into his path, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Victor Sargenti. Alan Danner of Bailey was driving the car.

Davis was taken to Littleton Hospital with minor injuries, Sargenti said.

"The bicycle was going up the hill, the car was making a left, and (Danner) just didn't see him," Sargenti said.

Sargenti didn't say if a citation would be issued.

The accident came eight days after the county commissioners voted 2-1 to deny a Littleton-based fund-raising group a permit for use of the road for a charity event. Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Faye Griffin voted against issuing the event a special-event permit, citing safety concerns and ongoing hostilities between motorists and cyclists.

"This is my district, so I took it very seriously," Hartman said during the June 30 public hearing. "I am absolutely convinced that the current situation is not as safe as I would like it to be … and I have seen misbehavior by both bikes and cars.”

Griffin also cited safety concerns when she voted against the permit.

Commissioner Kevin McCasky was the sole yes vote for the event, saying the fund-raiser shouldn't be penalized for the existing conflicts between cyclists and motorists in the area.

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