Friday’s Headlines

  • Man dies in alcohol-involved head-on collision in Colorado Springs. (Gazette)
  • Driver injured after crashing into two Highlands Ranch homes. (Highlands Ranch Herald)
  • Gov. Polis’s first budget doesn’t call for any transportation funding increases despite $9 billion backlog. (Colorado Independent)
  • But his first executive order boosts zero-emission vehicles. (Denver Post)
  • Promoting EVs is a small step toward climate action. (Westword)
  • ‘You can’t go home again’: A one-time Denver local confronts a gentrifying city. (Seattle Times)
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  • iBikeCommute

    Please stop using the 9 billion shortfall trope. The list of CDOT projects that add up to 9 billion is listed here- https://www.codot.gov/programs/colorado-transportation-matters/together-we-go/interactive-project-map. Unsurprisingly, this list consists of mostly atrocious highway and interchange widenings and hardly any investment in multimodal. The best thing we can do is starve the CDOT beast unless Polis and the new director significantly change its direction.

    • TakeFive

      Every state has a DOT; their primary responsibility is to facilitate transportation on roads since everybody is dependent on them. Without your daily bread you’d quickly starve to death. 🙂

      If you’re familiar with Walsenburg in So Co or Durango in SW Co or Pitkin and Summit counties then you’re aware of some of the best biking in the state. Summit Co has perhaps the best transit in the state, yet RAFTA was the first rural BRT in the country and serves Highway 82 between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. I took a nice trip up to Summit Co on Bustang which dropped me off at a transit center followed by a free shuttle to Silverthorne, a block from my hotel. All of this was spearheaded by CDOT.