Today’s Headlines

  • RTD Board to Weigh in on Fare Pass Overhaul Tomorrow (Denverite)
  • Aurora’s Dockless Bike-Share Useful, But Parking Isn’t Perfect (ABC7)
  • Garrett Farr, 35, Seriously Injures 17-Year-Old Kid Riding in U.S. 36 Bike Lane, Flees (Camera)
  • Could Olympic Games Spark Funding for a Mountain-Bound Train? (9News)
  • DenPo Readers: E-Bikes Give Access to Older Adults
  • Regional Transportation Authority Formed to Fund Aurora “Aerotropolis” Roads (DenPo)

National headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Anthony

    Now that I’m no longer in Aurora, I feel I can freely speak about this:
    We explored the option for a docked system, and initially were going to recommend a hybrid system like Portland or Phoenix where docks would be found throughout the city but people could drop off bikes away from a dock for a small fee.
    The preliminary financial evaluation of that type of program would have cost the city $500k (including revenue from sponsorships, purchasing the bikes and docks). That included only like 6 or 8 docks if I remember correctly, serving a relatively small area. Dockless was the only feasible way to serve more than two light rail stations.
    The dockless system cost the taxpayers $0 except for staff time to communicate with residents and the operators, and the city doesn’t own any of the property so if it did turn out to be a terrible idea (which it hasn’t), the companies would be on the hook to remove the bikes and the city wouldn’t be sitting on basically worthless bikes and docking systems like Seattle.
    I will always make the argument that dockless bike share is no more or less of an eyesore than dockless automobiles.

    • Bridget

      Thank you! Yes I don’t understand why parked bikes are ugly but parked cars are not.

    • TakeFive

      Where’d you go?

      • Anthony

        Seattle, I joined Sound Transit to work on their TOD team.

        • TakeFive

          Very cool; my congratulations to you.