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Guest Blog by Emily Alvarez, Planning Intern, City of Lakewood, University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate
Chances are you’ve heard of bike share. Cities all over the world have been adopting city-wide bike share programs. In Phoenix, Arizona they have a program called Grid Bike Share that is operated by CycleHop and is expanding into the neighboring cities of Mesa and Tempe. Mexico City, Mexico runs its own program called EcoBici. What is probably more familiar locally is Denver’s B-Cycle program (which you can also find in cities such as Austin, Texas and Madison, Wisconsin). More recently, workplaces are starting to adopt this model. Employee bike share programs allow employees to hop on a bike for all of their during -the- day trips, or even ride home at the end of the work day, and ride it back in the morning.Read more
Guest Blog by Lyft.
This Blog was originally published on Lyft Blog.
From April 11-15, Lyft Line will launch in six of our fastest growing cities: Denver, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, and Newark. That’s right, six cities in just five days.
Back in 2014, we created Lyft Line to offer affordable everyday transportation. Line connects you with others going the same way, so you split the price — which is always less than original Lyft. Started in San Francisco, Line will soon be available in 15 metropolitan cities. To date, Line makes up for almost 40% of total rides in communities where it’s available.Read more
Guest Blog by Peter Bird, BikeDenver
This blog was originally published on BikeDenver.org
Photo Source: car2go
Perhaps more than anything, I love biking for the way it excites people. Choosing to ride a bike is about more than just saving money or the environment—not that those aren't admirable. At the end of the day, biking elicits a level of exhilaration that not even a late-March Denver blizzard can assuage.
However, this evangelizing aspect of biking can lead people into a sort of superiority complex: a ‘bikes versus…’ mentality. And that’s a shame, because bikes are so apt for pairing with other modes. I wrote previously about bikes plus transit, and now I’d like to extend that to car sharing as well.Read more
Guest Blog by Anthony Avery, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Aurora
Figure 1 - Aurora City Center Land Use Map
Cities have required a minimum number of off-street parking spaces generally since the Second World War. While researchers don’t know where the implementation of the first minimum parking requirement occurred, the earliest I found for Aurora established minimums in the zoning code in 1969. So when we started performing research for our code re-write it was a given that minimum parking requirements would continue.Read more
Guest Blog by Danny Katz, Director, CoPIRG and the CoPIRG Foundation
Last March, the CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group released a new report that ranks American cities on how many new technology-enabled services and tools they have to meet transportation needs. We ranked Denver 8th among the nation’s 70 largest cities.
The report, “The Innovative Transportation Index: The Cities Where New Technologies and Tools Can Reduce Your Need to Own a Car,” compared cities based on the presence of these new technologies, including ridesourcing services like Uber and Lyft, carsharing services like eGo CarShare and Zipcar, bikeshare and ridesharing systems, apps for navigating public transit and hailing taxis, and virtual ticket purchasing, among others.
We think the research demonstrates how rapid technological advances have enabled new transportation tools that make it convenient for more Americans to live full and engaged lives without owning a car.Read more
Guest Blog by Bike Denver
This blog was originally published on BikeDenver.org
Often, we think of transportation planning in terms of modes. We plan the transit network, we plan the bicycle network, we plan the vehicle network, and we plan the pedestrian network. But in reality, people don’t use transportation in such distinct silos. Rather, they combine different modes into a single trip, creating a series of transportation that’s more than multi-modal—it’s intermodal.
Intermodal transportation choices are unique in that they represent multiple mode choices all stitched together into a single trip. We all do it without really thinking about it, but the reality is that we’re not great at planning for it—especially when bikes and transit are involved. And in failing to adequately plan for it, we limit ourselves to the implicit limits of each respective mode.Read more
Guest Blog by Bill Sirois, Senior Manager - Transit Oriented Communities, RTD
With five new transit lines opening in 2016, the availability of transit options is going to expand exponentially over the next 12 months. RTD opened the Flatiron Flyer BRT service along the US 36 Corridor in January. The University of Colorado A-line will start revenue service on April 22, taking passengers from Denver Union Station (DUS) to the Denver International Airport (DIA) in 37 minutes. The B-line between DUS and Westminster will start this summer, while the G-line between DUS and Wheat Ridge and Arvada will start in the fall. Finally, the R-line, which will connect RTD’s Nine Mile station to Peoria and the University of Colorado A-line, is expected to start revenue service in late 2016.Read more
Guest Blog by Kathleen Osher
Executive Director, Transit Alliance
We at Transit Alliance are excited about shared use mobility and how new choices like car and bike sharing can empower and connect people. We are in a moment of disruption for transportation as an industry, and shared use mobility is at the leading edge of a fundamental change. The exciting opportunity for us is that we are keenly aware and focused on how people fit into this equation, because we have spent the past decade centering the conversation on people.Read more
Guest Post by Catherine Cox Blair, NRDC
It only takes a small change to create a cultural shift.
Denver has seen unprecedented growth in the past decade, and with that has come national attention, greater prosperity – and traffic. So much traffic that residents are worried their Rocky Mountain quality of life is in jeopardy.
But we’re here to tell you that innovative solutions are available – and they don’t require sacrifice or increased cost. Not only do cost-effective solutions already exist, they can catalyze still more jobs and opportunity for all segments of society.
On May 17, the second annual Live.Ride.Share Conference, sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Urban Solutions program, comes to Denver with the help of WalkDenver, The Transit Alliance, and others to highlight the city as a leader in a sustainable transportation future.Read more