A man holds a sign reading "We're on a highway to hell!" while marching in the Global Climate Protest in downtown Denver on Sept. 20. Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog Denver

Friday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • A new report shows a 102% increase in Metro Denver auto emissions. The news comes one day before Greta Thunberg arrives to lead a climate strike. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • If Greta Thunberg wins the Nobel Peace Prize today, she’ll win it in Colorado. (CPR) (today’s strike details)
  • Snow led to dozens of collisions throughout the Denver metro, including an RTD bus that crashed on I-25. (9 News)
  • Next week, Uber will allow pets on rides, for a fee. (CBS4)
  • Proposition CC: “In one of the most significant potential changes to state fiscal policy in decades, Colorado voters this November will be asked to permanently eliminate a revenue cap that has both restrained and reshaped state government since 1992.” (Colorado Sun)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 35 Good. Yesterday’s max: 65 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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The scene of the crash near Boulder that seriously injured Adelaide Perr in 2014. Photo courtesy of Adelaide Perr

Thursday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • Commentary: The first media reports about bicycle crashes can be inaccurate, according to this essay from Adelaide Perr, a Boulder-based professional triathlete who was injured seriously in a 2014 crash with a reckless driver. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • Denver City Council sent Mayor Hancock its budget requests, including $1.5 million for sidewalks, $500,000 for safety measures along routes to schools and $730,000 for Vision Zero improvements in areas with a high rate of injuries. (Colorado Politics)
  • As RTD “reimagines” itself, the agency’s “years-long driver shortage … has impacted the frequency and reliability of many of its bus routes and rail lines.” (Westword)
  • “Denver leaders don’t want people in all these new buildings to drive (or park).” (Denverite)
  • At CDOT’s safety summit, a patrolman shared how responding to a crash that killed an eight-year-old boy affected him personally. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
  • Greta Thunberg will strike with Denver climate activists Friday. (Denver Post)
  • Ten of downtown’s best new buildings, according to Westword’s Michael Paglia. (Westword)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 64 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 69 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Wednesday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • A 31-year-old man on a bicycle was killed in a crash. The road fatality is the 62nd so far this year, which is the same number of people killed on the city’s streets in all of 2018. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • New transit options like RTD’s G Line into Arvada have spurred building booms along transit corridors, and they’ve shown that a more sustainable, car-free commute is possible, at least for a small group of riders. (Curbed)
  • Blind residents are concerned about a plan to remove curbs from the 16th Street Mall. (CBS4)
  • New tech will allow CDOT to monitor the weather and vary speed limits in Glenwood Canyon, which would allow the agency to increase the speed limit from 60 mph to 70 mph. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

Urbanism & Environment

  • A transit-oriented development could come to a four-acre site near RTD’s station at Colorado Boulevard and Evans Avenue. (Denverite)
  • The Ramada Inn on East Colfax could become 336 units of housing with ground-floor retail. (Business Den)
  • Growth coming to Denver exurb Elizabeth, population 1,700, prompts an effort to recall the entire elected government. (Denver Post)
  • Emissions from oil and gas drilling contribute to Front Range ozone levels, which exceed federal standards. The state says it’s working to drive down those emissions. Yet regulators have issued over 1,100 drilling permits in the region since January. (Colorado Independent) (h/t John Herrick)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 7 a.m.: 58 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 61 Moderate.

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A study by AAA found that car companies' new pedestrian detection systems — which are supposed to automatically slow down cars before they smash into a huming being — don't work very well. Photo: AAA

Tuesday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  •  AAA: Technology won’t save pedestrians from deadly cars. (Streetsblog USA)

Other news

  • A driver hit and seriously injured Tim Alsbo in 2010 when he was walking near Coors Field. Still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, his mother supports Denver stepping up traffic enforcement. (Denver7)
  • Drivers hit two people walking in two days. (Denverite)
  • RTD celebrated 25 years of light rail in Denver. (Denver7)
  • Should the front range have more rail? Quit dreaming of crazy trains, says the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board. (Gazette)
  • Tiny home villages are now allowed in all of Denver. (Denverite, 9 News)
  • Mayor Hancock appointed Laura Aldrete, a DIA executive, to head Denver’s planning department. (Colorado Politics, Denverite)
  • State Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, who said the climate was changing for the better, was invited to a public discussion on climate policy at CU Boulder. (Denver Post)
  • CSU Study: Air pollution makes people more aggressive and increases the crime rate. (9 News)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 7 a.m.: 58 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 57 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Monday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • Report: When congress allocates $50 billion in highway funds, it should push states to consider the natural environment, incentivize them to reduce traffic crashes and carbon emissions, and collect accurate data. (Streetsblog USA)

Traffic violence

  • A driver who hit Adam Butler, 18, caused “massive internal injuries as well as a traumatic brain injury.”  (Fox 31)
  • A driver hit and seriously injured a pedestrian Sunday in RiNO. (Fox 31)
  • A driver traveling at nearly 100 mph crashed their car through two fences and into the kitchen of a home near Ruby Hill early this morning. (Denver7)

Other news

  • Denver announces plans for 3 miles of Broadway bike and bus lanes. (Denver PostDenver7)
  • Today RTD will celebrate the 25th anniversary of light rail opening in Denver. (RTD)
  • CPR talks to CDOT’s new head, Shoshana Lew. (CPR)
  • Proposition CC would fund education and transportation by allowing people to forgo TABOR refunds: Arguments for and against. (Denver Post)
  • Opinion in favor of Proposition CC (Colorado Sentinel) and against (Denver Post)
  • As hipsters move to Brighton Boulevard, the Suncor refinery may face pressure to clean up its act. (Denverite)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 44 Good. Yesterday’s max: 45 Good.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Friday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • Traffic Violence Report: Drivers killed two motorcyclists, bringing Denver’s total fatalities to 61. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • Motorcyclists make up 20 percent of Colorado traffic fatalities. (Pagosa Daily Post)
  • The Broadway bike lane and dedicated transitway could be “ready for construction” next year, but the project is not fully funded. (Denver Post) (Take the community survey)
  • As Denver and RTD push for dedicated bus lanes, a race among bus riders, cyclists and pedestrians showed that buses were the slowest. (Fox 31)
  • On November 5, Denver voters will decide if the city should create a transportation department to “take on more responsibility for bus and train service amid a new urban era. (Denver Post)
  • Commuters expressed frustration with RTD in the first of many telephone town halls. (CBS4)
  • More on “Reimagine RTD,” the study to improve transit service. (Colorado Politics)
  • All lanes of U.S. 36 have opened after the bridge collapse. (Denver7)
  • One of Denver’s best bike mechanics is a woman. Samantha Roshanaee repairs bikes at Green Mountain Sports in Lakewood. (5280)
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

Urbanism & Environment

  • Profile: After 10 years in a federal prison, Bernard Hurley became a real estate developer. His new plans for RiNO would add parks, hundreds of housing units, three music venues and space for nonprofits. (Denverite)
  • The growth cap Lakewood voters approved in July, is “climate arson,” “the effects of which disproportionately fall on those who can’t afford expensive detached homes, and people of color,” according to analysis in The Urbanist. (The Urbanist)
  • Near a Globeville rail stop, a real estate developer proposed a big box store with two towers on top, one with 15 stories dedicated to office space, another 14 stories tall for 180 units of housing. (Business Denver)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 57 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 53 Moderate.

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