Today’s Headlines

  • Pedestrian Killed by H Line Train in Southwest Denver (9News)
  • Denver Post Editorial Board Calls for Drivers to Be More Careful, Wags Finger at Pedestrians
  • 9News Hero Steve Staeger to TV Viewers: People Walking and Biking Are Just Trying to Navigate a System Designed for Cars
  • B-cycle Faces Competition, Uncertainty (CPR)
  • Irrational Speer Resident Boots Car, Paints Illegal Parking Spots on Public Street He Thinks He Owns (9News)
  • Why Stoned Driving Impairment Is So Hard to Test (Westword)
  • Hickenlooper Cuts Ribbon on I-25 Widening, Which Is All About “Safety” (9News)
  • Brad Buchanan Leaving Post as Top City Planner (Denverite)

National headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Riley Warton

    I don’t think that the I-25 widening project is as bad as people say it is. It’s just unnecessary. It’s happening between Castle Rock and Monument, a relatively sparsely inhabited section of road to which a widening project wouldn’t impact people’s daily lives as much, which is my main concern with the I-70 widening project. The only settlement between Castle Rock and Monument, Larkspur, is off the highway, unlike Elyria-Swansea for I-70. Besides, who in their right mind would walk all the way from Denver to Colorado Springs?

    In my mind, the main issue isn’t safety, rather pollution. The expansion would incentivize driving, meaning more gas and oil would be used, making the environment worse. Actually, I don’t even care about the environment, what I care about is the air. It’s going to cause a chain effect which causes the ice to melt faster, making people move to Colorado because they lost their homes in what should be the more successful coastal cities.

    More room for cars is what a LOT of voters want in Colorado. So, car projects are just straight-up inevitable. Then again, incentivizing people to NOT drive will cause less stress for new projects, making them last longer. I don’t know, I’m not an expert on this stuff.

    • rct

      Raise the gas tax substantially and people will drive less and have more of an incentive to get a more efficient vehicle with higher MPG or go Electric. Some reason Colorado gives one of the most generous incentives to buy an Electric vehicle yet has one of the lowest gasoline taxes in the Nation. What ever you tax more you get less of. I’m for clean air.

      • TakeFive

        In theory maybe but in practice, not so much. It is true that Colorado’s fuel tax along with the Federal fuel tax has not been raised since 1993. At the state level, CA, WA and PA have the highest taxes but there seems to be a low correlation between tax levels and driving. CO btw is listed 39th by the Tax Foundation which has a nifty map. https://files.taxfoundation.org/20180808093450/Gas-Tax-July-2018-1024×980.png

    • TakeFive

      Riley… the primary purpose of I-25 and I-70 is being a freight corridor. From your favorite daily bread and fresh fruit to all of the goods and services that people rely on for their daily lives, everything comes by roads.

      Ofc people in cars also rely on roads and interestingly demographers have long predicted that the front range from C-Springs to Fort Collins would eventually be one long megalopolis.