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Dear Streetsblog Denver Readers

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Dear readers,

I’m writing to let you know that the Denver Streets Partnership has decided to end its operation of Streetsblog Denver as of January 31, 2022.

We were honored in December 2019 when the Streetsblog Denver board entrusted us with their labor of love and asked the Denver Streets Partnership/Bicycle Colorado to take over Streetsblog Denver from the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. Thank you for your support during the transition and throughout the last two years.

We did not make this decision lightly to end operations, and the biggest factor in the decision was the priority to direct the Denver Streets Partnership’s resources toward direct advocacy. We’re seeing results: Denver has built and painted more dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes. In November, Denver voters passed bond measures to fund more infrastructure. To close out 2021, Denver City Council voted to lower the city’s default speed limit from 25 to 20 mph. And Denver raised its parking meter rates to generate an expected $9.5 million per year to fund safety and mobility improvements including transit projects, sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, and the City’s Vision Zero plan.

We are proud that – despite numerous challenges – Streetsblog Denver has:

  • Produced thought-provoking commentary with constructive ideas related to walking, biking, transit, safe streets, and social justice in Denver;
  • Held city, regional, and state leaders accountable to their commitments to reduce car-dependency and eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries;
  • Elevated the voices of local thought leaders and spotlighted important policy issues that are not typically covered by the mainstream media;
  • Purposefully sought out more writers of color and articles and guest commentaries about equity and the underserved neighborhoods on Denver’s west side and north side that form the “inverted L”;
  • Made complicated policy topics accessible to a broad audience;
  • Focused on the issues and avoiding personal attacks on individual people, particularly those who are not in positions of power;
  • Hosted a paid internship program; and
  • Increased the number of Streetsblog Denver social media followers and maintained email open rates above 40%.

The advocacy journalism of Streetsblog USA and its affiliates is an important part of the safer streets discussion and ecosystem, and the Denver Streets Partnership will continue to promote on our digital platforms the writings of Streetsblog USA and its network.

What’s next?

  • Today – We will notify Streetsblog Denver readers on the website and via email and invite them to contribute final guest commentaries.
  • January 2022 – Streetsblog Denver will publish guest commentaries.
  • After January, the Denver Streets Partnership blog will host guest commentaries on topics relevant to walking, biking, transit, and safe streets.

Thank you for supporting Streetsblog Denver and the movement to improve walking, biking, transit, and safe streets in Denver. If you have any questions, please reach out at Denver@streetsblog.org.

Sincerely,
Jill Locantore, Executive Director, Denver Streets Partnership
Sarah Moss, Interim Editor of Streetsblog Denver and consultant to the Denver Streets Partnership

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Tuesday’s Headlines 9/14/21: Denver hopes to update parking meter system

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Denver hopes to update entire parking meter system by early 2022 while you’re at it, charge more for parking! (Fox 31)
  • Pedestrian dies following Aurora hit-and-run crash; police search for driver (The Denver Post)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 48 (Good) Yesterday’s max: 74 (Moderate)

Centennial State

  • Cement Truck Crashes Over Guardrail Through Narrows On Highway 14 (CBS Denver)
  • Palisade working with CDOT for new river access site (The Daily Sentinel)

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Monday’s Headlines: Scooter rider injured in yet another hit-and-run

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Medina Alert Issued For White Buick Encore, Suspect Vehicle In Hit & Run Crash the victim was riding a scooter when they were struck  (CBS Denver)
  • Son mourns loss of construction flagger hit, killed in Denver (9 News)
  • Man dies after hit-and-run in Aurora, police say (9 News)
  • Man gets 15 years in driver death during speeding livestream (The Denver Channel)
  • RTD to suspend L Line for 10 days (The Denver Gazette)
  • Windscreens for Denver RTD’s new Colfax 15/15L bus shelters embrace line’s east-west connection (Mass Transit)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 41 (Good) Yesterday’s max: 80 (Moderate)

Centennial State

  • CDOT shares safety tips for keeping teens safe following fatal crash (CDOT)

From Streetsblog

  • Monday’s Headlines Have Already About Had It (Streetsblog USA)
  • Op-Ed: Why Bad City Design is Failing Our Kids (And What to Do About It) (Streetsblog USA)

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Friday’s Headlines 9/10/21: 54 people have died on Denver’s streets in 2021

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From Streetsblog

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Bike To Work Day Encourages Pedal Power (CBS Denver)
  • Two-vehicle crash in Denver kills one person and injures three others (The Denver Post)
  • RTD to suspend L Line service through Sept. 21 (9 News)
  • E-470 plots to attract more drivers after big traffic decline …one vote to allow traffic to decline (Denver Business Journal)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 81 (Moderate) Yesterday’s max: 115 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Centennial State

  • CDOT reports no fatal crashes over Labor Day weekend in Colorado (Journal Advocate)
  • Shared micromobility can help build communities residents deserve (TechCrunch)
  • Computer car chip shortage has stalled many Colorado drivers it’s a great time to get a bike (9 News)
  • Xcel Energy Will Now Help Pay For An Electric Car — Depending On Your Income but will they help me pay for an electric bike? (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Colorado Department of Transportation announced next campaign sadly they have yet to adopt our “ban cars” campaign. better luck next year? (KJCT)

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Thursday’s Headlines 9/9/21: Another hit-and-run driver kills person walking

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Man dies after being struck by vehicle in Aurora (Fox 31)
  • Construction flagger killed in hit-and-run crash identified, suspect arrested (9 News)
  • Man who shot teen on RTD bus says it was in self defense (Fox 31)
  • Driver being held after crash kills 1, seriously injures 3 (9 News)
  • As Civic Center Park clears out, advocates worry about where people will go (Denverite)
  • What’s Driving You Crazy: Cars parked on the shoulder of Peña Boulevard (Denver 7)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 113 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) Yesterday’s max: 177 (Unhealthy)

Centennial State

  • Coloradans Deserve to Move More Freely and Breathe Easier (NRDC)
  • Four teens die in SUV crash on Colorado’s Eastern Plains (The Colorado Sun)
  • CDOT holding career fairs for permanent and temporary positions (KRDO)

From Streetsblog

  • Thursday’s Headlines Are a Bit Distracted (Streetsblog USA)
  • The Real Reason Schools Are Paying Parents to Drive Their Kids to the Drop Off Line (Streetsblog USA)

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Wednesday’s Headlines 9/8/21: RiNo hit-and-run kills construction worker, seriously injures another

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Suspected driver arrested in RiNo hit-and-run that left 1 construction worker dead, another seriously injured (Fox 31)
  • Denver’s embrace of rezoning for “granny flats” is growing by neighborhood, individual initiative (The Colorado Sun)
  • Denver closes Civic Center Park near Colorado Capitol for safety, health concerns (The Colorado Sun)
  • Vehicle Involved In Chase Strikes Thornton Police Car, Several Injured Including Officer (CBS Denver)
  • Motorcyclists shoot at truck — with a boy as passenger — in Lafayette road rage incident (Fox 31)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 70 (Moderate) Yesterday’s max: 108 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Centennial State

  • CDOT to hire 150 people for temporary and permanent positions (KRDO)

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Tuesday’s Headlines 9/7/21: Police seek driver that hit, killed scooter rider

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Police Seek Car [Driver] That Sped Away After Dragging Scooter, Killing Rider (CBS Denver)
  • Thornton officer rammed by suspect driving stolen vehicle in Brighton (The Denver Gazette)
  • Denver police looking for truck, suspects in road rage incident (9 News)
  • RTD Reinstates Several Pre-Pandemic Routes (CBS Local)
  • RTD cancels over 25 light rail trips due to staff shortage (Fox 31)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 70 (Moderate) Yesterday’s max: 108 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Centennial State

  • Driver Hits Colorado State Patrol Vehicle On Interstate 25, Drives Away, Officials Say (CBS Denver)
  • ‘Move Over’ Safety Law Gets Extra Attention From Law Enforcement This Labor Day Holiday Weekend (CBS Denver)

From Streetsblog

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Friday’s Headlines 9/3/21: Fatal car crash at 6th and Downing

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • 1 dead in Denver crash at 6th Ave. and Downing (Fox 31)
  • RTD service changes take effect Sept. 5 (Fox 31)
  • Cyclists Celebrate New Underpasses Along High Line Canal Trail (CBS Denver)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 70 (Moderate) Yesterday’s max: 108 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Centennial State

  • CDOT testing new I-70 westbound express lane in Clear Creek County (9 News)

From Streetsblog

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Thursday’s Headlines 9/2/21: Abolishing parking minimums is possible

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From Streetsblog

  • Thursday’s Headlines Have Some Good News (Streetsblog USA)
  • How the Twin Cities Abolished Parking Minimums (And How Your City Can, Too) (Streetsblog USA)

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • RTD service changes take effect Sept. 5 (Fox 31)
  • Denver area transit partners request entry into FTA’s Small Starts for Colfax Avenue BRT project (Mass Transit)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 70 (Moderate) Yesterday’s max: 108 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Centennial State

  • Hitting The Road To Get To Know Colorado’s New (Maybe) Eighth District (Colorado Public Radio)
  • CDOT helping control mudslides with super sac (11 News)
  • More than 800 cited during statewide seat belt crackdown (The Denver Gazette)

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Wednesday’s Headlines 9/1/21: Colfax may get a BRT lane, but it’ll probably take seven years

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • The big, fancy Colfax bus project’s latest chapter is a request for money from the feds and apparently will take seven years to maybe possibly come to life (Denverite)
  • Elevated ozone, particulate levels prompt action alert day (Fox 31)
  • RTD lines to be disrupted this weekend (The Denver Channel)
  • DEN Outlines Sustainability Initiatives for the Next Five Years to Reduce Carbon Footprint (Aviation Pros)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 95 (Moderate) Yesterday’s max: 122 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)

Centennial State

  • Police: Hit-and-run driver flees on foot, steals bike from school after Douglas County crash (The Denver Channel)
  • Driver in triple-fatal U.S. 285 crash had 3 drinking, driving convictions, 2 recent run-ins with cops (9 News)

From Streetsblog

  • Wednesday’s Headlines Are Putting On Their Walking Shoes (Streetsblog USA)

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