Monday’s Headlines

Rolf Eisinger, Denver's Vision Zero manager, rides near the Webb Municipal building.
Rolf Eisinger, Denver’s Vision Zero manager, rides near the Webb Municipal building on Winter Bike to Work Day.
  • Car thief stole pickup in Longmont and ran over its owner, who was seriously injured. (KDVR)
  • The stories of two good men lost to preventable DUI and distracted driving crashes. (Greeley Tribune)
  • A-Line trains will not have to blow horns as much at intersections within Denver starting March 1. (Streetsblog Denver)
  • G-Line gets two of nine federal approvals needed to open long-delayed route. (9 News)
  • Photos: Devoted cyclists turn out for an icy Winter Bike to Work Day. (Streetsblog Denver)
  • More on Winter Bike to Work Day. (9 NewsCBS4)
  • Yellow lights after red lights: State representative Hugh McKean proposes dumb idea (Denver7 Driving You Crazy podcast) instead of focusing on measures that could save lives like better street design, red light cameras and the distracted driving bill.
  • Will Toor, new head of Colorado Energy Office pushes Polis’s obsession with adding 1 million electric vehicles to streets (Denver Post), vehicles that clog roads just as much as others.
  • Despite Denver’s investments in light rail, transit ridership slumped. To get more people on buses and trains, here’s what Seattle and Minneapolis are doing right. (Streetsblog USA)
  • Globeville Elyria-Swansea residents wary of gentrification stemming from redevelopment of stock show grounds. (CPR)
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.
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  • Riley Warton

    The 9news article stated that there were 7 more hurdles to overcome, not that two of the 7 hurdles were overcome.

    • Streetsblog Denver

      Riley, thanks for catching that. It’s fixed.

  • TakeFive

    Despite Denver’s investments in light rail, transit ridership slumped. To get more people on buses and trains, here’s what Seattle and Minneapolis are doing right.

    With respect to Minneapolis (which is a fair peer comparison) they use a 10-year window from 2007-2017. Looking at RTD from 2008-2018 bus ridership was up 12% and rail transit was up 95% so obviously the problem doesn’t lie with rail transit. The ‘slump’ in RTD ridership is with buses from 2014 to now.

    Seattle is a whole other kettle of Pike but density would be one Big reason. Downtown Denver now has over 125,000 employees. Seattle has over 275,000 employees or more than twice the employment density as Denver.

  • Camera_Shy

    Red-Yellow-Green is a dumb idea. In other countries where I have seen this, everyone just goes on the Yellow, they don’t wait for the Green.

    • TakeFive

      In Scottsdale some lights turn both green and yellow, sort of.

      Intersections on busy arterials had converted to left turn only on green arrow to prevent accidents. What this does is offer a blinking yellow while thru traffic gets the green. At the end of the cycle the left turn lane will change to a green arrow from blinking yellow. The advantage is that all cross traffic is already stopped so when the arrow goes from blinking yellow to green you only need be aware of traffic from the opposite direction which drivers more easily see.

      • Camera_Shy

        We (Denver) have the blinking yellow arrow while oncoming traffic has the green circle (at the beginning of the whole cycle). This is no different than what we (Denver) had before, people can turn left without the green arrow if there is no oncoming traffic. I can’t recall if these only occur at intersections that used to be “Left on green arrow only.” When I first saw them, it struck me as “no different” and I think that is because I seem to recall seeing them in more places than just the “Left on Green arrow only” intersections, and thinking to myself that it was no different.

      • Camera_Shy

        I have been trying to pay more attention to this as I drive around the Denver
        area. So far, I think you are correct, the flashing yellow left-turn
        arrows are in places where there exists a Red left turn arrow. So, in
        effect, they give Red-Left arrow traffic signals the ability to function
        as a regular Yellow/Green left turn arrow. Thanks for pointing that
        out!