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May 24, 2010 8:28 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado National Monument getting more congested

Bicyclists are flocking to Colorado National Monument.

But officials are worried that so many bikers are touring the western Colorado landmark that they're in danger. Monument officials say cyclists are up 31 percent since 2008. Car traffic is up, too.

Superintendent Joan Anzelmo tells The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction that it's "beyond belief" that no cyclists have been killed given how heavy traffic is.

The Monument will review traffic patterns to consider changes to make people safer. Rangers are also planning to crack down on bicycle safety rules, such as the requirement that cyclists ride single-file inside the park and use headlights in tunnels.

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