A town in Colorado has banned bicycles for "safety" reasons. What are your thoughts on this?
The article is here.
Basically, the local government is saying that bicycles are hazardous because the streets are still 19th-century narrow. Vehicle traffic has increased due to a recent increase in casino betting limits. (Casinos are this town’s raison d’etre.) The city’s manager has been quoted as saying: “At this point the council has no intention of repealing the ban. They believe their actions are what’s best for its citizens in Black Hawk, which are casinos and their patrons.”
Do you think safety is likely to improve? Furthermore, does this present a conundrum for libertarians? If you argue against government regulations like this, are you hindering the free market, and vice versa?