This Interstate 70 viaduct cuts through the Denver neighborhoods of Elyria, Swansea, and Globeville. It will be torn down expanded to a 14-lane sunken freeway. Photo: CDOT.

Friday’s Headlines: Climate Strike Edition

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From Streetsblog

  • Streetsblog Commentary in the Colorado Sun:
    To honor the children participating in today’s Global Climate Strike, Gov. Polis and Mayor Hancock must commit to stop building new roads and expanding the ones we have. (Colorado Sun)
  • Climate Cubes: Front Range cars release 15 million tons of carbon dioxide per year. Here’s how to visualize all of it — and what comes from your own vehicle. (Streetsblog Denver)

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  • Colorado children will stage dozens of rallies across the state as part of the youth-led Global Climate Strike. (Denver Post, CPR)
  • Denver is behind on its climate change goals. (Colorado Politics)
  • Commentary: Denver should declare a binding climate emergency (Colorado Sun)

Other news

  • With constant congestion on I-70, why doesn’t CDOT build more freeways from Fort Collins and Colorado Springs? (CPR)
  • The bus driver shortage at Cherry Creek Schools leaves a handicapped student waiting on the curb. (Denver7)
  • E-bikes are now allowed on BLM and National Park trails, and not everyone is happy about it. (Colorado SunCBS4)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 56 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 77 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Archive: How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try

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A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent. The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, sustained […]
A walk through Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood last month revealed missing, dilapidated and incomplete sidewalks. Photo: WalkDenver

Thursday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • Advocates: Mayor Hancock’s transportation budget is not enough. Sidewalks need more funding now. Going forward, the city must find new sources of money. (Streetsblog Denver)
  • Commentary: Federal transportation policy is undermining progress on climate. (Streetsblog USA)
  • Five ways Trump is wrong in banning Colorado and other states from setting stricter emissions standards. (Streetsblog USA)

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  • “We’re losing the race”: UN Secretary General calls climate change an “emergency.” (The Guardian via Streetsblog Denver)
  • The climate activist group Extinction Rebellion uses theatrical acts of civil disobedience to push Coloradans to take action. (CPR)
  • Where Coloradans are rallying during a week of global climate activism. (Westword)
  • Drive Electric Week: Check out electric vehicles today at City Hall. (Westword) (Event details)

Other news

  • Boulder considers ditching RTD to meet its transportation goals; looks at new funding sources. “Regionally, we know that RTD cannot provide the level of service we need.” (Denver Post)
  • RTD’s board members will reconsider its vote against leasing a “gravel pit” near Civic Center Station to the National Medal of Honor Museum. (Denver Post, Denverite9 News)
  • Opinion: RTD’s board botched Denver’s chances of landing the museum. (Denver Post)
  • Colorado will fight the Trump administration’s move to block state vehicle emission rules. (Denver Post, Denver7)
  • Nearly a third of fatal crashes in Colorado involve impairment. (KOAA)
  • The drunk scooter rider who crashed into a cop last weekend was not the first charged with DUI. (Westword)
  • Oct. 2 is Walk to School Day, kicking off WALKtober. (Summit Daily)
  • Bustang adds Steamboat to the list of ski areas it will serve this winter. (Denver Post)
  • Boulder continues testing electric scooters ahead of lifting its ban. (Daily Camera)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 50 Good. Yesterday’s max: 55 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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‘We’re Losing the Race’: UN Secretary General Calls Climate Change an ‘Emergency’

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This story originally appeared in The Guardian. It is republished here as part of Streetsblog’s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The UN secretary general says that he is counting on public pressure to compel governments to take much stronger action against what […]
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Car-Free Zones Eyed in SF, Elsewhere

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A string of pedestrian injuries and deaths in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district has spurred city leaders to demand a ban on cars in some densely populated neighborhoods — the latest in a nascent and long-overdue move by activists nationwide to get reckless drivers off at least a tiny handful of city streets. San Francisco Supervisor […]
A Comcast Xfinity van tips over within eyeshot of where cyclist Alexis Bounds was killed July 24. Photo: Anonymous

Wednesday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • Dangerous Place: A photo shows an Xfinity van rolling over near the ghost bike placed in remembrance of Alexis Bounds. (Streetsblog Denver)
  • Streetsblog Archive: How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try. (Streetsblog USA)

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  • How to support Friday’s Global Climate Strike. (LifeHacker) (Find a demonstration near you)
  • As the climate warms and the world shifts to clean energy, how will Colorado’s lucrative oil and gas industry come to an end? (Westword)
  • On the same day the Trump administration announced it will revoke states’ ability to set auto emissions standards (Colorado Sun), the CEO of the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers joins Colorado agency heads in an opinion piece praising the state’s new clean car standards. (Colorado Sun)

Other news

  • Police arrested a man who they say hit two pedestrians when he drove through a LoDo crowd last month. (Denverite, 9 News)
  • More than a month after Public Works repaved Downing Street, it took tweets from pedestrians and cyclists to get the crosswalk at Speer and Downing repainted. (9 News)
  • The five options CDOT is considering to upgrade I-25 in Denver. (9 News)
  • CDOT asks for public input as it considers developing a Front Range Passenger Rail system. (9 News) (survey)
  • CDOT would like to buy a former train yard south of downtown for  a new Front Range rail system or the potential expansion of I-25. (CPR)
  • The RTD board rejected a proposal to transform “the big, dumb gravel pit” next to Civic Center Station into a park, which will likely push the National Medal of Honor Museum to go up in Arlington instead of Denver. (Denverite9 News)
  • Italian e-bike maker Fantic USA is moving its North American headquarters from California to Denver. (Denver Business Journal)
  • Another magazine promotes the narrative that Denver is one of the best cities for bike commutes. (Denver Business Journal)
  • Boulder will start construction of the Foothills Parkway bike and pedestrian underpass. (City of Boulder)
  • Hancock chooses Josh Laipply to be Denver’s next chief projects officer, who will “ensure that public infrastructure is delivered to the level that the public expects and requires.” (Colorado Politics)
  • The Lincoln Avenue Pedestrian Bridge in Lone Tree won an architecture award. (Highlands Ranch Herald)
  • NIMBY win: Denver City Council rejected a proposal to build an apartment complex near Sloan’s Lake. Kendra Black and Jamie Torres were the only councilmembers to support the project. (Westword)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 54 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 55 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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