Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) has come up with a novel attempt to remind riders to wear appropriate riding gear.  According to CBSN Denver, the CDOT will place road markings depicting a realistic cheese grater on the pavement at several Colorado motorsport businesses.

CDOT says motorcyclist fatalities are increasing in Colorado.  In 2019 a total of 103 motorcyclists had lost their lives in Colorado crashes.   As of July this year, 63 motorcyclists had been killed in motorcycle crashes, which CDOT says equates to a 13% increase in motorcycle crash-related fatalities.


CDOT human cheese grater

The CDOT believes these markings will help motorcyclists to wear appropriate riding gear.

The markings are a reminder to motorcyclists that pavement can be particularly unforgiving and that appropriate riding gear can help reduce injuries or death.

A “human cheese grater” is already on the road in front of Performance Cycle of Colorado.  Driving the home the appropriate riding gear philosophy are three mannequins in front of the store dressed in protective riding gear.

Three mannequins wearing moto riding gear stand near the CDOT’s human cheese grater markings.

Only in front of moto businesses

Ultimately, the CDOT will place the markings near the following motorcycle related businesses:

  • Apex Sports, 327 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village CO, 80112
  • Motorcycle Depot, 600 Telluride St Suite E, Aurora, CO 80011
  • Performance Cycle, 7375 S Fulton St, Centennial, CO 80112
  • Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 2885 W. County Line Road, Littleton, CO 80129
  • Tri City Cycle and Full Throttle Motorcycle Training, 3675 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538

Do you think CDOT’s reminder is helpful?  Does it make a difference that the markings are only being placed near motorcycle oriented businesses?  Should the markings be placed in other areas as well, or are they a waste of time and money?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.




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