Image listing deaths of 2 people walking and 1 person in a vehicle

Friday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog

  • Traffic Violence Report: Three Killed on Denver Streets Since January 1 (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news 

  • On Virginia Avenue, a few Denverites and City Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer want to throw a speed bump under a planned bike lane and are concerned about 1) mostly unused free street parking in front of houses with driveways and garages and 2) a too “fast” public process that started eight years ago (Denverite)
  • Boulder kids designed the first child-friendly city maps in the country. Kids like smooth paths for strollers, walking, biking, public transit, and visiting water features. (Colorado Matters/CPR)
  • Aurora students ask school board for bus passes to put more college classes and internships within reach (Chalkbeat Colorado)
  • Opinions about free car parking as an entitlement and (now-City Councilman) Chris Hinds’ lawsuit over parking spaces for people with disabilities, by former political science profession/congressional candidate Hal Bidlack (Colorado Politics)
  • Lafayette moving “slow down” speed radar signs to new poles because Xcel wants the signs off the utility poles (FOX31/Channel 2)
  • Grand Junction business owners advocate for connectivity and safety for people walking and biking as CDOT plans to widen the Interstate 70 Business Loop  (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
  • A Democrat Speaker of the House and Republican Senate Assistant Minority Leader walk into a… business roundtable and talk about raising state taxes on gas and electric vehicles (Colorado Politics)
  • Amtrak gets federal approval to test a high-speed train in Colorado… to then serve passengers between Boston and DC. Sorry if that got your hopes up. (Progressive Railroading and Railway Technology)
  • But! Passenger rail service from Fort Collins to Pueblo could happen in seven to 10 years if the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission is successful. (Left Hand Valley Courier)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 10 a.m.: 54 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 59 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Passengers board a light rail vehicle on Sept. 17, 2014. Photo: RTD.

Thursday’s Headlines

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RTD

  • State lawmakers propose major changes for RTD board seats, transparency of meetings, and financial structure (9News)
  • The RTD Board of Directors executive committee meets today at 2 p.m., and you can bet they’ll talk about the story in the line above (RTD board meeting schedule)
  • Adams County leaders: “Going forward, we expect RTD to meet milestones, communicate in a fashion that is timely, accurate, and credible, and deliver on its promises” for N Line train, bus rapid transit, and FasTracks Internal Savings Account (Commerce City Sentinel)

Other news 

  • Family argues poor lighting risks safety for people walking on pedestrian bridge over I-25 near Evans Avenue, and the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says it follows industry standards and “there’s drivers that are driving underneath the bridge on the highway, so we have to keep the lighting at certain levels” (CBS4)
  • Denver Police Districts’ Crime Report Card: 59 people died by homicide in 2019… compared to 71 who died by traffic violence (Westword / Denverite)
  • KOA Radio’s Mandy Connell talks to Bicycle Colorado staff about road safety, bike laws, and motorists who are upset about bike lanes (KOA/iHeartRADIO)
  • Thanks to a lawsuit over parking spaces for people with disabilities, Denver City Councilman Chris Hinds is Colorado’s “first elected official who uses a wheelchair for mobility in the history of the state” (Colorado Politics)
  • Denver’s Civitas Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Studio recognized in top five U.S. firms “Putting the Public Back in Public Space” with projects including the 5280 Trail (Curbed)
  • CDOT and Glenwood Springs Take a Minute street safety advocates have a message to drivists: For safety’s sake, clear snow and ice from your vehicle before driving  and drive slower (Post Independent)
  • Survey says… Colorado is the fifth worst state for drivers. Survey does not say… Anything about ranking states for walking, biking, or transit. (The Denver Post)
  • Vail Town Council discusses e-bike networks, covering or moving I-70, and the dangers of high-speed rail making Vail “a bedroom community for Denver” (Vail Daily)
  • AAA study: 43 percent of electric car owners say they drive more now than when they owned a gas-powered car, and owning a new compact electric vehicle costs about $600 more annually than its gas-powered counterpart (AAA news release and Colorado Politics)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 7 a.m.: 55 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 106 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Bikes outside the Colorado state capitol building

Wednesday’s Headlines

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News

  • Thursday morning: You can influence safer streets and learn political process with Safe Streets Day at the State Capitol (303cycling)
  • Need a repair on your bike? Try the local library. (Colorado Community Media)
  • RTD N Line nears arrival in Thornton and Northglenn (La Voz Colorado)
  • Crashes are down on I-70 mountain stretches, maybe due to drivers following the new tire traction law(?) (The Denver Post)
  • Rep. Matt Gray of Broomfield and Sen. Faith Winter of Westminster introduce bill to let Colorado communities fund roads locally; Sen. Paul Lundeen and Rep. Terri Carver of El Paso county introduce bill for more state funding of highways and local road projects (Denver Business Journal and Colorado Springs Independent)
  • Sun Valley land swap will allow Denver to build housing where Broncos fans have been parking (Denverite)
  • No more free parking at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, and pricing is still at or below market rate (CBS4)
  • Parker council member says people would rather walk farther in the Walmart parking lot than they would in downtown Parker, plus citizen group to monitor downtown parking (Elbert County News)
  • State health officials look at ways to reduce auto emissions as Colorado’s goal to rein in ozone misses federal deadline by two years (Colorado Independent)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 8 a.m.: 97 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 103 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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An RTD bus on Federal Boulevard

Tuesday’s Headlines

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Traffic violence

  • A man died Saturday after reportedly running to catch an RTD bus and getting caught under the bus,  Denver Police are investigating, and some media outlets think the bus was driving itself (Denver 7, The Denver Post, FOX31/Channel 2, CBS4)

RTD

  • 1.6 percent: RTD light rail riders in 2018 without a valid fare… and it’s even less on commuter trains (CPR)
  • Outgoing general manager/CEO Dave Genova reflects on his time with RTD (RTD news release)
  • RTD to hold 18 public forums about proposed temporary service reduction, which will save about $12.4 million over a year and alleviate mandating six-day work weeks for operators (RTD news release)
  • More about ways for public comment on who should be RTD’s next interim general manager/CEO (Colorado Politics)
  • RTD operator/retired rapper ‘Big Sexy’ switches from G Line back to A Line (9News)

Other news 

  • More on Denver’s plan to build 125 miles of new neighborhood bikeways by 2023 (CBS4 and Colorado Politics)
  • More on State Sen. Mike Foote’s bill that would create a new traffic offense for car drivers who fail to yield to bike riders in the bike lane (9News)
  • Snowstang ridership to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, and Steamboat exceeds expectations, plus CDOT to discuss a permanent Denver-Estes Park Bustang (Steamboat Pilot and The Denver Post)
  • The I-70 coalition believes carpooling apps can reduce traffic congestion and pollution, but the Colorado Public Utilities Commission said cease and desist (Summit Daily, 9News, and CBS4)
  • State health officials want more transit systems: “Transportation” (AKA single-occupancy vehicles) is the second-largest source of Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions (The Denver Post)
  • El Paso County Commissioner — and candidate for District Attorney in El Paso/Teller Counties — Mark Waller wants to equate cost of full-day kindergarten to lane miles when discussing transportation funding (Colorado Matters/CPR)
  • January 28: Public meeting in Pueblo about current Southwest Chief Rail service, potential Front Range passenger rail, and Pueblo Station Area Plan (La Junta Tribune-Democrat)
  • Could unsolicited proposals from private partners help CDOT build better infrastructure? (Denver Business Journal)
  • When is the right time for older drivers to hang up the car keys for good? How could better public transit help older residents, and everyone, get around and make streets safer? (Denver 7)
  • Before and after photos: The decade in improving Denver’s parking lot-riddled urban core (DenverInfill)
  • Local MBA students and real estate professionals compete to evaluate development opportunities for 60 acres of Denver International Airport land near RTD’s 61st and Peña station (Colorado Real Estate Journal)
  • Developers plan affordable townhomes near 38th & Blake RTD station in Denver Opportunity Zone, and neighborhood will manage the land trust (Mile High CRE)
  • Bonnie Brae Tavern site could become a three-story project with ground floor restaurant/retail, two floors of condos, and underground parking (BusinessDen)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 7 a.m.: 84 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 78 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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Man rides a bike in a bike lane

Friday’s Headlines

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From Streetsblog Denver

  • A Farewell From Andy Bosselman as Streetsblog Denver Lays off Only Staffer — but It’s Not the End (Streetsblog Denver)
  •  Introducing Streetsblog Denver 2.0 (Streetsblog Denver)

Traffic violence

  • Denver Police investigate two cases of car drivers hitting people walking, with serious injuries, yesterday at the intersections of S. University & E. Harvard and 16th & Wynkoop (Denver Police)

Denver’s 125 miles of new bikeways

  • Denver officials unveil a map showing where 125 miles of new bikeways will go over the next five years as part of the City’s Vision Zero action plan (Denverite)
  • Denver is Laying 125 Miles of Groundwork for a “Bicycle Revolution” (Westword)
  • 125 miles of new bikeways coming to Denver by 2023 to make biking in Denver a safer and more comfortable commuting option (9News)
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure speeds up bikeway buildout (DOTI news release)

Other news

  • State Senator Mike Foote proposes stronger protections for people on bikes, giving them the right of way in bike lanes (The Denver Post)
  • RTD releases public comment opportunities — in English and Spanish — about five candidates to fill interim general manager/CEO position (Colorado Politics plus RTD news release)
  • RTD provides options for this weekend’s events (RTD news release)
  • State Health Officials Have Sent A Clear Message: Colorado Needs Better Air Quality Monitoring (CPR)
  • Metro Denver residents drive more despite rise of transit services; Colorado air quality and transportation commissioners stress need to reduce number of vehicle miles traveled and cut air pollution (The Denver Post)
  • More –with visuals — on the 30-story tower proposed to replace the parking lot at 19th and Lawrence/Arapahoe (DenverInfill)
  • People in Lakewood’s Belmar neighborhood say crosswalks are dangerous, especially for people with disabilities (Denver7)
  • Lakewood holds public hearing on future former White Fence Farm, which could bring more housing density (CBS4)
  • Opinion: Boulder residents favor e-scooters. Officials should listen. (Boulder Daily Camera)
  • Florida man writes, “The ultimate act of patriotism would be to drive less” and cites “pedestrian deaths in cities like New York and Denver are on the rise” (Opinion, The Florida Times-Union)
  • Streetsblog Denver will no longer employ a full-time reporter and the site will continue under the auspices of the Denver Streets Partnership, a coalition of advocacy groups (Denverite)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 7 a.m.: 61 Moderate. Yesterday’s max: 57 Moderate.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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