Where did the funding come for this Bicycling Experiment come from? We didnt have money to fix our potholes and crumbling roads throughout the city a few years ago. We had to implement a tax to get this taken care of. Public schools no longer have the funds for bus transportation. We are threatened every now and then that we cant afford our police force. So why are we spending money on several large salaries for this planning committee? How much money went into this failed project total? Not just salaries and related expenses, but their share of city resources they took? How long will they continue to spend money, time and resources on a failed experiment?
Originally TOPS was just for acquisition and then was tweaked to allow a percentage for maintenance of TOPS properties. In 2013, citizens approved a change allowing a percentage of TOPS funds to be used for any City parks. The City abruptly took those funds and reduced the general fund commitment by the same amount. What special taxes like TOPS, PSST, etc do is set up for the City to rob the funds originally dedicated for those purposes. Parks are a role of government and should be covered under the general fund and to the extent allowed by TOPS. It is also important to note that TOPS has a sunset and without continuance, the City will scream bloody murder because they've a squandered much of what was previously dedicated from the general fund for parks. They've gotten accustomed to the extra dollars.
Sally and Odin I think something we should all be wondering. Why didnt Putin retaliate? Or When will Putin retaliate?
To those who seemed confused that the author isn't pretending to hide his agenda or to take it with a very large grain of salt. This article is listed under the columns heading (for the column titled Good Dirt) and not the news heading of the Indy. That means it's his take on things. It should not surprise you at all.
Agreed, David Lien.
Very true, Norm Bangeman
LOL! Nice one Bob Nicoll!
"How sweet to hear that D.T. thinks Putin's decision not to retaliate after the U.S. imposed sanctions is smart and a "great move." " -- Sally Alberts
So Sally, what you are saying is that you wanted Russia to retaliate. Nice to know.
TOPS should be reworked as the source of money for park maintenance. It was an oversight that all of its funding go towards acquisition, as at some point you won't be able to maintain what you purchased.
I am sorry to see another great city employee pushed out. Speaking of Fleet Management, they are now in year 4 with Serco has the City been saving any money?
To the generous open arms Pizza Time offer. The city's repeated deceit and name calling of the citizens of Briargate, the bike advocacy's rejection of objective discussion throughout this entire episode, and as demonstrated by this very article to continue to cast residents in a negative light by carefully abused references, I think I will have to decline your offer for open discussion because I cannot trust you. If you want trust, you have to earn it back. You betrayed me. I have always been a supporter of on road bicycles and you wouldn't even give me objective discussion in return for it. You need to earn my trust back.
Mr.Bergsten is so biased in favor of bicycles that anyone who reads this article should take it with a very large grain of salt. Among the distortions that Mr.Bergsten has in this article are "vocal group of citizens". The group of citizens is actually much, much larger than the tiny group of bicyclistas who, like Mr.Bergsten, believe narrowing Research was anything more than idiotic.
Another of the distortions was, "wildly misleading information" given by Ms. Marshall. As verified by Ms Prtichard's comments above, there was no notice given to her. So, who is writing "wildly misleading information"?
This event was posted on the Friends of Research Facebook group. Even you think the lanes were a bad idea, get involved:
End of Demo Social
As we toast the completion of the Research Parkway buffered bicycle lane demonstration, Friends of Research and Bike Colorado Springs (BCS) invites everyone in a spirit of friendship and fellowship for an evening social at Pizza Time, Wed., Jan. 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
From a pedestrian and cycling advocacy point of view, the main takeaway from the demonstration is that the process of active listening, understanding, and transparency are essential for a successful implementation. Toward that end, let's come together and discuss how to meet the challenges that face Briargate and beyond. Clearly there is a long-felt need for having safe pedestrian and cycling routes to our many beautiful parks and award winning schools. There is no better time than now to rise to the challenge of envisioning a 21st century cityscape.
Bring your ideas and sense of optimism; we will be collecting lessons learned and ideas for a BCS after-action report that could be used for potential future projects. This event is open to public and all are welcome.
And folks wonder why people don't trust the media these days. Wow... not even pretending to hide his agenda.
This is awesome! Excited about the new music and adventures for his year!
We live 2 blocks from Reseach (and have for 10 years) and I never received a notice, email, letter, or saw any signs posted about this bike lane implementation. I have asked my neighbors - they didn't receive notices or information either. One day there were 3 lanes on Research, the next day poles and paint reducing traffic to 2 lanes with a dangerous bike lane appeared.
Thanks so much!!!
Best of luck, President Trump. Jim Hightower, get back under your rock.
Heaven help us all Joel, when money trumps a principle. Appreciate the reality check, but faith trumps both. And being on the right side doesn't hurt either :)
Denying people the right to vote just because you want to win is a LOSER.
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