Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 15

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Hey there. Welcome to the working week. Today we’ve got news for cyclists, smokers, environmentalists and everybody else.

Biking: The new protected bike lanes on South Broadway are open today. Get out there and ride. (Denverite)

Politics: Some of the biggest environmental groups don’t want to touch Colorado’s fracking fight. Why is that? (Denverite)

Meanwhile, the bounty of stuff on the ballot has some people asking whether Colorado shouldn’t make this process more difficult. (DP)

Marijuana: Colorado has a major health question on its hands: How does marijuana affect developing fetuses? (Denverite)

Olympics: Boulder’s Emma Coburn took bronze in the steeplechase, while Jenny Simpson qualified for the 1,500m final. (DP)

Remember the weekend? Check out our images from Denver’s newest music festival. (Denverite)