Friday’s Headlines 03/26/2021 and Maybe American Rescue Plan Funds Could Help Fix Denver’s Unsafe Intersections and Sidewalks?

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Traffic Violence and Safe Streets

  • Denver Police ask for help finding driver in March 11 deadly hit-and-run crash at northbound Colorado Blvd. and E. 26th Ave. Call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. (DPD Twitter, 9News)
  • Student wants DPS to change Title IX policies: Denver East senior Lilia Scudamore believes schools do not properly handle accusations of sexual assault and harassment. (9News)

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Denver Could Get Over $300 Million From American Rescue Plan… and “After focusing on that initial restoration of services by bringing back the employees who provide them, [CFO Brendan] Hanlon expects the city to spend its federal dollars on shortening service backlogs” and other stuff, so today is a good day to call 311 or visit www.denvergov.org/311 to report unsafe intersections and broken and missing sidewalks. But isn’t every day? (Westword)
  • Doss Technical Services founder Geneva Doss Smith: ‘I am grateful for the many opportunities that sustain our business’ (RTD)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 8 a.m.: 42 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 56 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • Riding the Outrider: New Buses connecting Craig and Denver (Steamboat Magazine)
  • Loveland council reviews costs of implementing Connect Loveland transportation plan (Loveland Reporter-Herald)
  • Loveland council, Thompson school board talk collaboration, Safe Routes to School, and role of police in schools (Loveland Reporter-Herald)
  • Roadway improvements, including walking safety improvements, scheduled for small stretch of Colo. 257 in Windsor (Greeley Tribune)
  • Study on linking La Junta to Pueblo, Colorado Front Range via passenger trains expected to wrap next year (La Junta Tribute Democrat)
  • Transportation board kills plan for trains to return to Colorado’s dormant Tennessee Pass (Colorado Sun)

From Streetsblog

  • Washington State BIPOC and Disability Advocates Zero In on Highway Spending (Streetsblog USA)
  • How Buffalo Moved Away From Parking Requirements (Streetsblog USA)
  • Friday’s Headlines Are Stuck in the Middle With You (Streetsblog USA)

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Washington State BIPOC and Disability Advocates Zero In on Highway Spending

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On March 9, advocacy organizations Front and Centered and Disability Rights Washington held the first of a series of press conferences calling for Washington State legislators to halt spending on new highways. Instead, the coalition urges lawmakers to prioritize investments in building missing sidewalks and creating reliable transit and paratransit systems to serve all Washington towns and cities.

Thursday’s Headlines 03/25/2021 and Transit Justice Forum Tonight

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From Streetsblog

  • Commentary: Rolling Out The Red Carpet For Transit by Matt Frommer, a Senior Transportation Associate with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) (Streetsblog Denver)
  • SORRIEST BUS STOPS 2021: Albuquerque vs. Denver’s 49th & Sheridan bus stop (Streetsblog USA)
  • Talking Headways Podcast: The Annual Prediction Show with Yonah Freemark! (Streetsblog USA)
  • NEW DETAILS EMERGE: Police Declined To Cite Drivers in Shawn Bradley Crash (Streetsblog USA)
  • Thursday’s Headlines From Around the World (Streetsblog USA)

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Denver Street Partnership poll finds strong support for bicycles (Denver Streets Partnership, Colorado Politics)
  • How and when Denver will expand STAR, which replaces cops with social workers on (some) nonviolent calls (Denverite, Westword)
  • RTD Board of Directors urges passage of State House bill giving RTD more flexibility (RTD)
  • New Mental Health Clinicians Are A Key Part Of RTD’s Changing Security System (Colorado Public Radio)
  • A New Herbert Bayer Sculpture Has Arrived at Denver’s Alameda Station (5280 Magazine)
  • Proposed RTD service changes include reinstating Parker Bus line (Parker Chronicle)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 8 a.m.: 53 (Moderate). Yesterday’s max: 45 (Good).

Centennial State

  • Colorado Is Planning A Beefed-Up Transit Service Aimed At I-70 Skiers And Hikers (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Bustang service begins between Denver and Craig (9News)
  • Transit Or Roads? Urban Or Rural? Transportation Funding Proposal Faces Pull From Many Angles (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Avon Town Council members spar over budget for underpass upgrade that includes new pedestrian and bicycle walkway (Vail Daily)
  • Pueblo City Council reviews downtown improvement plans incorporating enhanced bike lanes, sidewalk extensions, improved crosswalks, and pedestrian-scale lighting (Pueblo Chieftain)
  • CDOT gives City of Leadville and Lake County Government $40,000 award to conduct local transit needs study, and the city and county will each contribute $5,000 (Leadville Herald Democrat)
  • After Wednesday morning pedestrian death, Colorado Springs Police say it’s on drivers and pedestrians to prevent more [Or, you know, better street design that makes walking safer?] (KOAA)
  • Fighting for the right to compete in Colorado tourist shuttle business (Gazette)

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Wednesday’s Headlines 03/24/2021 and City Council Questions No-Fee Deal with Lyft and Lime

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Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • To keep people scooting and biking, Lyft and Lime might get free public street space to use for private profit (Denverite)
  • No-fee deal to award city’s scooter, bike market to Lime, Lyft questioned (BusinessDen)
  • How You Can Make Your Lifestyle More Sustainable in Denver: #1 is Get Around Without a Car (303 Magazine)
  • RTD’s Light Rail Ramp and High Block Policy Change: The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition Civil Rights Legal Program wants to hear from you regarding if you have had problems boarding or getting off of light rail trains because people other than those who use wheelchairs and mobility devices are using the ramp and high block to enter and exit the accessible light rail lead train. (CCDC)
  • Temporary service disruption on the University of Colorado A Line on March 27 (RTD)
  • N Line promotional fare pilot ends Saturday, March 27 (RTD)
  • City of Boulder Transitions HOP Route Buses to Electric (Next-Gen Transportation News)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 9 a.m.: 39 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 63 (Moderate).

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Advocates to Feds: We Need a New Traffic-Control Manual

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A coalition of leading transportation professionals is pushing for an overhaul of the manual that sets many of the most dangerous design guidelines for our car-focused roads — and rejecting a piecemeal public comment process that they say will only put a band-aids over the gaping wounds in our unsafe national transportation standards. 

Tuesday’s Headlines 03/23/2021 and In Memoriam

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We remember the 10 people killed by a mass shooter yesterday in Boulder. (Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Sun, Westword, Fox31)

A few resources:

  • Incidents like this can bring up past trauma. If you need to talk, Colorado Crisis Services is free, confidential, and professional. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255. There is no wrong reason to call or text.
  • Donate to the Colorado Healing Fund to support the needs of victims, families, and the larger impacted community affected by the Boulder King Soopers tragedy
  • Colorado Ceasefire statement and actions
  • Everytown, Colorado Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action statement and actions

Denver, RTD, and the Metro Area

  • Tonight at 5:30 p.m. Special Board Meeting for the RTD Board to adopt a resolution in support of House Bill 21-1186 titled CONCERNING RELIEVING THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF STATUTORY RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO THE DISTRICT’S OPERATIONS. (Agendas and links to watch)
  • Carroll Watkins Ali: Beware false choices on Park Hill Golf Course (Gazette)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 8 a.m.: 63 (Moderate). Yesterday’s max: 58 (Moderate).

Centennial State

  • Colorado Leaders Want Your Opinion On How To Spend The Billions Coming From The American Rescue Plan (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Gov. Jared Polis Announces Statewide Tour To Discuss Colorado’s Portion Of Federal Stimulus (CBS4)
  • Opinion: Make the federal Rescue Plan tax credits permanent, and expand them to Colorado income taxes too (Denver Post)
  • Ketamine bill headed to Colorado House for consideration after Elijah McClain’s death in the custody of Aurora Police/Aurora Fire Rescue (Fox31)
  • History with impact shared on ‘Wayfinding’ kiosks throughout Southeastern Colorado (La Junta Tribune Democrat)

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Monday’s Headlines 03/22/2021 and Standing in Solidarity with Denver’s AAPI Community

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Traffic Violence and Safe Streets

  • ‘Really Sad & Pissed’: Hundreds gather to show solidarity for Asian community in Denver and to honor Atlanta victims (CBS4, 9News, Fox31, Denver Post, Colorado Politics)
    • Anti-Asian Hatred Has A Long History In The US, And In Colorado (CPR and Colorado Matters/CPR)
    • ‘This was bound to happen’: CU professor responds to violence against Asian women in the Atlanta area (9News)
    • Denver City Councilwoman Jamie Torres Calls For Show Of Support For Asian American Community After Deadly Spa Shootings (CBS4)
    • Standing in solidarity with Denver’s AAPI community: Safe streets are about so much more than infrastructure (Denver Streets Partnership)
  • Aurora Fire Rescue has no immediate plans to re-implement ketamine after Elijah McClain review (Fox31)
  • On Saturday at approximately 2 a.m., #DPD Officers were assigned to investigate a crash between the A Train commuter rail and a person walking at Quebec and Smith Road, and the person died in a possible suicide (DPD Twitter, Fox31)

RTD

  • RTD holds virtual public meetings March 30-31 for proposed June service changes (RTD, CBS4)
  • Pinyon Environmental Inc. President Lauren Evans: ‘These [RTD] projects have been so significant for us’ (RTD)
  • RTD’s newest art installation is a striking beauty that brings Bauhaus to local transit (RTD)
  • Meet one of the people who move people: Amelia Thompson (RTD)
  • RTD Board of Directors meetings this week: Tue 5:30 p.m. Special Board Meeting For the Board to adopt a resolution in support of House Bill 21-1186 titled CONCERNING RELIEVING THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF STATUTORY RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO THE DISTRICT’S OPERATIONS. (Agendas and links to watch)

Denver and the Metro Area

  • Denver City Council meetings this week: Mon 5 p.m. General Public Comment Session; Mon 5:30 p.m. City Council meeting; Tue 9:30 a.m. Mayor-Council, Tue 10:30 a.m. Land Use Transportation Infrastructure Committee; Tue 1:30 p.m. Finance Governance Committee; Wed 10:00 a.m. Safety Housing Education Homelessness Committee; Wed 1:30 p.m. Business Arts Workforce Aviation Services Committee (Committee canceled. Consent agenda included.); Thu 9:30 a.m. Budget and Policy Committee (Agendas and links to watch)
    • Reason to pay attention to Tue 10:30 a.m. Land Use Transportation Infrastructure Committee: 1) non-financial license agreements with Lyft Bikes and Scooters, LLC and with Neutron Holdings, Inc., doing business as Limebike, for five years to operate micromobility services and install associated infrastructure in the public right of way, citywide 2) Blueprint Denver update (Meeting details)
  • Federal money flows into Denver suburbs and now they have to figure out how to spend it (Denver Post)
  • Another density skeptic appointed to Boulder’s Planning Board (Boulder Beat)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 8 a.m.: 43 (Good). Yesterday’s max: 144 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups).

Centennial State

  • Gov. Polis to launch Build Back Better statewide listening tour (Fox31)
  • $30M grant aims to revitalize Colorado main streets – like improving bike lanes and walking areas – and fund creative spaces outdoors for 65 recipients so far (Denver7)
    • Gov. Polis signed the bill in downtown Golden (CBS4) and Fox31 has the full press conference (Fox31)
  • Colorado State Patrol using drone mapping to investigate crashes (KKTV)
  • New proposal would increase fees on gasoline, delivery, ride-share services and more (Denver7)
  • Colorado transportation-funding plan draws criticism, praise and ambiguity (Denver Business Journal)
  • Sen. Ray Scott: Instead of new fees, let’s restore Coloradans’ confidence in CDOT (Colorado Sun)
  • Kremmling: Colorado’s 2nd all electric school bus is rolling into town (9news)
  • Fort Collins: Register to Vote in the April 6 Municipal Election (North Forty News) and read the Bike Fort Collins candidate interviews (North Fort News)

From Streetsblog

  • SORRIEST BUS STOPS 2021: Littleton, CO vs. Pittsburgh, PA (Streetsblog USA)
  • STUDY: Drivers Mostly Use Cruise Control to Speed (Streetsblog USA)
  • Massachusetts Bike Light Legislation Renews Debate Over Policing’s Role In Traffic Safety (Streetsblog USA)

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New ‘Controlling Criteria’ Will Make Sidewalks, Bike Lanes a Default Feature In Massachusetts State Road Projects

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While many state highway bureaucracies treat bike, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure as an afterthought, new MassDOT highway engineering guidelines will require traffic engineers to include sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, and high-quality bike facilities when they design upgrades for the Commonwealth's major roadways.
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