According to the Wall Street Journal: In neighborhoods across New York City, residents, community boards and local businesses have done battle with city officials over “traffic calming” measures imposed by city hall. Lane reductions, bike lanes, new meridians and other innovations designed to reduce vehicle speeds make it difficult for bulky ambulances and fire trucks … Continue reading WSJ: ‘Road Diet’ fad is proving to be deadly.
According to the US Census Bureau, in the cities with the most cycling commuters, only 3.1% of workers bike to work (on average). The average for the entire nation combined is a mere 0.6%. The #1 bike city in the country for 2018, Seattle, has 3.4% of workers bicycling to work. For Denver it's a minor … Continue reading Hardly anyone bikes to work, here or anywhere else.
The Gazette reported last week that City Transportation Manager Kathleen Krager's last day will be February 1. It was our understanding Krager didn't originally plan to retire this soon; we wonder if the timing is related to the upcoming election, given how controversial she has become. As the Gazette explained: We've had many objections to … Continue reading Krager’s retirement doesn’t end the controversy.
The agenda for the 12/11/18 City Council meeting did not include road narrowing, but so many citizens spoke so forcefully on the issue the Council ended up discussing it for 90 minutes (which inspired local news coverage from KOAA 5 and KRDO 13). We were pleased to get some supportive feedback from City Councilmembers Andy … Continue reading Gaebler: “I don’t think it matters” whether most people want road narrowing.
Tron hosted Ed again to discuss the emails we recently discovered which appear to show Kathleen Krager deferring to Colorado College over the input of residents and even City Council members. You can listen to the audio from Ed's segment here or the full audio of all of yesterday's podcast here. If this assaults your sensibilities that … Continue reading Tron Simpson show: “We don’t appreciate this. We don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”
Several members of Restore Our Roads have been using the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) to obtain city employee emails regarding road narrowing. There is a lot of information and it is taking us quite some time to sift through it all, but today an email exchange came to our attention that we believe is … Continue reading Flashback: City Transportation Manager disregards public input, asks Colorado College what they want her to do instead
Bike paths are a good thing in parks, the hills and suburban areas away from busy city streets. When bike lanes, like the ones downtown, are intertwined with crowded vehicle roadways they’re a nuisance for motorists and a hazard for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. As a remedy for relieving traffic congestion during commuting hours, bike lanes are … Continue reading The folly of bike lanes
[Please see the end of this post for a response from Mr. Perez.] During the November 27 City Council meeting, cycling advocate Carlos Perez gave citizen comments. You can see the full video of his remarks below, but here is a transcript of the portion I'm going to address: I am not here to persuade … Continue reading Cycling advocate asks the City to ignore us.
Last week one of our members (Nanci) emailed different City officials, including City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, to oppose road narrowing. Gaebler responded asking whether Nanci considered Cascade Avenue a thoroughfare. Here is Nanci's response: East of I-25, there are four very obvious major roads that can be considered thoroughfares transecting through the middle of Colorado … Continue reading “You are creating more dangerous situations. And for what purpose?”
Last week City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler beseeched her followers to contact the mayor and City Council and say they support the new bike lanes (see image below). Gaebler specifically cited the "negative voices" of those of us who protest road narrowing as the reason she needs others to defend her multimodal agenda. Gaebler's call for … Continue reading Gaebler: Please tell me I’m right.