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Crested Butte happy to be in the slow lane

Brief by Allen Best

Mountain Life – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine

Things could be worse — a lot worse. So believes Crested Butte Mayor Alan Bernholz. The town council was having a discussion about the best way to keep traffic moving slowly. But by all accounts, the number of 40 mph scofflaws are few.

Most people drive the posted 15 mph on Crested Butte’s streets, where pedestrians, bicycles (even in winter) and cars are all found. Some cars may even be going 18 mph to 20 mph, observed one public official.

“I love this town,” Bernholz responded. “It’s nice to have a discussion about traffic calming where people are doing 18 miles per hour. It’s a great town.”