Weekly Roundup 8/19/2018

When I started this blog, I did it as a means of trying to educate the general public about what life is like for a commuter that primarily relies on public transit and alternative modes of getting around. The purpose of these weekly roundups is to discuss issues related to transit, including everything from RTD to highway expansion, that affect everyone in the Metro area, including myself. Additionally, I will be posting links to relevant meetups and events in the coming week. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to be composed of articles I found relevant and liked.

Articles of Note (8/13-8/19)

Parking Limits at 41st and Fox Would Be (Small) Win Against Government-Mandated Traffic (Streetsblog)

Article about the 41st and Fox light rail station possibly being the first in the city to have parking limits. Though a small victory in decreasing car usage in the area and encouraging more multi-modal forms of transit, it would be the first step in eliminating parking minimums that increase traffic and cause congestion.

Central Denver property owners who are about to have to pay for sidewalk repairs just got their first chance to give feedback (and they did) (Denverite)

Article discussing the beginning of a decade long plan that would get residents of District 1, which encompasses most of Central Denver, to fix and upgrade sidewalks. Issues such as historical preservation, the possibility of a tax increase, and affordability programs residents can use to partially pay for the renovations.

Uber to introduce dockless electric-assist bicycles in Denver  (Denverite)

Article giving an overview of the new electric bike program launched this past Friday by Uber to encourage bicycle usage. An interesting characteristic of the Jump bikes is the addition of a lock to use to lock up before concluding a ride and the fact that Uber has only decided to put 250 bikes on the roads.

This Machine Has a Soul Will Change Your Mind About Participatory Budgeting (Westword)

Article covering a unique installation in North Denver running through the 20th encouraging residents primarily of the neighborhoods in that area to think about budgeting from a different perspective. Though not specifically transit related, the installation partially covers related to the contentious fight over I70 expansion.

Velorama rolls back to move forward with tighter, simpler layout for 2018 (Denver Post)

Article about changes to the combination bike race/music festival held in RiNo. The two main components of the changes include moving the venue to the Rockies parking lot and scaling back street closures.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events Next Week (8/20-8/25)

The following is a small selection of events happening this week. If an event related to transit or pedestrian related issues is coming up and is not listed below, let me know. I will try and incorporate these events unto a weekly Google Calendar in the future.

This Machine Has a Soul makes its final run at the beginning of this week (Monday, August 21st, 4:30-8:30 PM)

Denver City Council will be holding its weekly meeting at the City-County building.  Upcoming and past Agendas can be found here. (Monday, August 20th, 5:30-End)

Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Committee holds its weekly meeting at the City-County building. Agendas can be found here (Tuesday, August 21st, 10:30 AM-End)

Denver Street Partnership will be delivering their petition to the City-County building to advocate for more people friendly streets. More info can be found Here (Tuesday, August 21st, 12:00-1:00 PM )

RTD will be holding its monthly board of directors meeting at the Blake Street headquarters. Agenda can be found here. (Tuesday, August 21st, 5:30-End)

Rocky Mountain Bus Riders Union will be meeting at Leela’s on 15th and Champa for their monthly meeting (Wednesday, August

Tour De Fat, a cycling and beer event focused on raising money for local bicycle nonprofits, returns to Sculpture Park for its 19th season. Info can be found in the link (Saturday, August 25th, 12:00 PM-5:30 PM)

 

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