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    Ban cows from bike paths?

    Bad drivers, mountain lions, coyotes and now cows... What will Boulder do to make open space safe for people?

    Can someone make a smilie avatar of a cow running over a cyclist?

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    Cow charges cyclist on Boulder open space
    By Amy Bounds - Daily Camera
    Originally published 05:23 p.m., January 19, 2009
    Updated 06:13 p.m., January 19, 2009

    BOULDER, Colo. ó A cow charged a woman on the South Boulder Creek Trail on Monday afternoon, knocking her down, officials said.

    The woman was riding her bike on the trail when she encountered the cow, and she stopped to let the animal pass, said Pete Taylor, a ranger for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. The cow knocked the woman over and walked on her legs, he said.

    He said the woman -- whose name wasn't released -- wasnít seriously injured, and she refused medical treatment.

    She didnít appear to do anything to provoke the animal, which witnesses said appeared to have an injured leg, he said. The cow had left the scene by the time rangers arrived, but hikers coming down the trail were warning others about the rogue bovine.

    Marshall Mesa open space is leased by livestock owners and used as grazing land. Taylor said the cowís owner was notified.

    Jason Vogel, vice president of the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance, called the attack "odd, rare and random" and said he hasnít heard of any other cows going after cyclists. Itís not even common to come across cows on the trails, he said, though they often can be seen nearby.

    "Itís not something people should be concerned about," he said.

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    Anyone know the top speed of your average cow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JinbaIttai View Post
    Anyone know the top speed of your average cow?
    About the same as your average bear.

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    Bovine Beast Bruises Bicyclist in Boulder. Story at 11:00.

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    Anyone suspect the cow was using a cell phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Anyone suspect the cow was using a cell phone?
    No, it was texting on its Blackberry. Elitist.

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    I rode on cattle-infested roads & trails in NE NM and SE CO for years...the only way to get run over by cattle is if the feed truck is in view and you're in the way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JinbaIttai View Post
    Anyone know the top speed of your average cow?
    African or European cow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    I rode on cattle-infested roads & trails in NE NM and SE CO for years...the only way to get run over by cattle is if the feed truck is in view and you're in the way!
    Exactly. Perhaps the cyclist teased the cow with a Clif bar or some GU shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    No, it was texting on its Blackberry. Elitist.

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    Bluenose Bovine Beast Busy Blogging on Blackberry Abruptly Bruises Bicyclist in Boulder.

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    We had bovine animals when I was a kid. Cattle really are not aggressive. I have always been able to shoo them away when I have needed to. Of course, as mentioned above, you do not want to get between one and its perceived dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chainstrainer View Post
    Bluenose Bovine Beast Busy Blogging on Blackberry Abruptly Bruises Bicyclist in Boulder.
    Bollocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    About the same as your average bear.

    -Kurt
    Actually bears are pretty fast. About 30 MPH. But they are only good for about a quarter mile.

    I guess cows aren't that much slower.

    This is why I always give angry bears a quarter mile of space.

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    I was on a motorcycle ride this past summer, we were off on forest service roads through range land. We encountered lots of "forest cows." Trust me, they were more aggressive than your typical barn-cow. We had a narrow escape from a HUGE cow w/baby cow at one point. She was not going to back down...lowered her head and started coming towards us. We were lucky to have an engine at that point...

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    The other day on a ride, I was speeding down a narrow, twisting, mountain road. Then along comes a woman who was driving very slowly uphill toward me, honking her horn and shouting at me.

    "PIG! PIG!!" she yelled. "PIG! PIG!!"

    So I flipped her the finger and shouted back some things I dare not repeat as I buzzed by her.

    Still thinking about this awful woman and her shouting, I turned the corner and promptly collided with a pig.
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    So, the only issue I can see is that cows can't read the no cow signs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    So, the only issue I can see is that cows can't read the no cow signs.
    I would hate to hit the byproducts that most bovines seem to leave...messy at speed, so I think they need to ban cows, post signs and enforce it! BTW we have that issue on our MUP but with people illegally riding horses on it...I guess the horses are illiterate too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    So, the only issue I can see is that cows can't read the no cow signs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    BTW we have that issue on our MUP but with people illegally riding horses on it...I guess the horses are illiterate too...
    No, just their thoughtless riders. A vehicle (including a beast of burden charged with human control) is only made dangerous by the person in control of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammyHead View Post
    Bad drivers, mountain lions, coyotes and now cows... What will Boulder do to make open space safe for people?

    Can someone make a smilie avatar of a cow running over a cyclist?

    ~HammyHead

    Cow charges cyclist on Boulder open space
    By Amy Bounds - Daily Camera
    Originally published 05:23 p.m., January 19, 2009
    Updated 06:13 p.m., January 19, 2009

    BOULDER, Colo. ó A cow charged a woman on the South Boulder Creek Trail on Monday afternoon, knocking her down, officials said.

    The woman was riding her bike on the trail when she encountered the cow, and she stopped to let the animal pass, said Pete Taylor, a ranger for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. The cow knocked the woman over and walked on her legs, he said.

    He said the woman -- whose name wasn't released -- wasnít seriously injured, and she refused medical treatment.

    She didnít appear to do anything to provoke the animal, which witnesses said appeared to have an injured leg, he said. The cow had left the scene by the time rangers arrived, but hikers coming down the trail were warning others about the rogue bovine.

    Marshall Mesa open space is leased by livestock owners and used as grazing land. Taylor said the cowís owner was notified.

    Jason Vogel, vice president of the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance, called the attack "odd, rare and random" and said he hasnít heard of any other cows going after cyclists. Itís not even common to come across cows on the trails, he said, though they often can be seen nearby.

    "Itís not something people should be concerned about," he said.
    I wonder if the cow became loose from the herd?

    On the humorous side, I wonder if the cow was, 'having a cow'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    I wonder if the cow became loose from the herd?

    On the humorous side, I wonder if the cow was, 'having a cow'.
    Maybe it was a Mad Cow.
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    Maybe it was a cow-impersonating poseur who didn't realize he/she/it had strayed from the designated Cow Lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    No, just their thoughtless riders. A vehicle (including a beast of burden charged with human control) is only made dangerous by the person in control of it.

    -Kurt
    Maybe horses should wear helmets to protect themselves from their riders.

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    Or riders should wear horses to protect themselves from their helmets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    So, the only issue I can see is that cows can't read the no cow signs.
    It's an education problem!
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