Does City Council have any control over bike lanes?

We've talked before about how City Council seems a little inconsistent about whether they have influence over bike lanes. Here is a montage we put together of various answers to the question that seem to contradict each other: You can also view the video on Youtube here and on Facebook here. Quotes: City Councilmember Tom … Continue reading Does City Council have any control over bike lanes?

Millennials are driving more than in years past.

During the "Battle of the Bike Lanes" last week, City Councilmember Jill Gaebler claimed that it's crucial for Colorado Springs to attract thousands of Millennial workers every year and that these younger workers want more bike amenities. We're skeptical. First, the Springs is having no trouble attracting younger people even without fully connected bike infrastructure, … Continue reading Millennials are driving more than in years past.

“I don’t care if one more 65 or older person moves to this city.”

The Gazette's "Battle of the Bike Lanes" panel last night overall went very well. Seats for perhaps 200-250 people were all filled, with plenty of additional people standing. Overall both the audience and the panelists remained civil, but there was one moment when the audience did jeer a response. As one justification for pushing certain … Continue reading “I don’t care if one more 65 or older person moves to this city.”

“When s*** hits the fan, you’re running for cover!” Cycling advocate fed up with City Council.

Springs Taxpayers posted a video clip (transcript below) from last week's town hall meeting with City Councilors Bill Murray and Tom Strand. In a nutshell, Bill Murray repeated the "our hands are tied" talking point wherein City Councilors act as if there's nothing they can really do about road narrowing or bike lanes or similar. We've … Continue reading “When s*** hits the fan, you’re running for cover!” Cycling advocate fed up with City Council.

Gaebler: “I don’t think it matters” whether most people want road narrowing.

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.

Flashback: City Transportation Manager disregards public input, asks Colorado College what they want her to do instead

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

Jill Gaebler to those who disagree: “Change is hard.”

City Council member Jill Gaebler penned an editorial in the Gazette today advocating for better bike infrastructure in Colorado Springs. Her reasons were as follows: Better infrastructure will increase the number of cyclists Increased cycling will reduce overall congestion Increased cycling will reduce road wear and tear (because more cyclists would mean fewer cars) Bike … Continue reading Jill Gaebler to those who disagree: “Change is hard.”