Today, Denver is ranked as one of the worst cities in America for harmful air quality. Twice, Colorado health agencies have considered requiring commute programs. Twice, it was deemed too onerous an ask for Denver employers, even though employers in most western cities have been doing it successfully for two decades.
If you draw a massive venn diagram of all the characteristics we want out of our transportation system – safety, affordability, less congestion, less pollution, and more access that’s more equitable – you’ll find transit sitting right at the sweet spot in the center. This year, 2021, is the year to build a more robust and sophisticated transit system in Denver, and we may finally have the funding to do it, writes Matt Frommer, a Senior Transportation Associate with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP).
If city planners really do start walking or biking to work, that's better for the rest of us.
Cars are back across America — but communities with richer residents are being spared much of the pollution and traffic violence.
If employers give the workers what they want, we can end three pandemics: COVID-19, climate change, and traffic violence.