I thought the Laugesen's lived in Monument. While it is certainly a gray area regarding regional issues, shouldn't they have more skin in the game if they are trying to influence the direction of Colorado Springs? You don't see me going to Monument to tell them how to vote for their local council.
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.
Take with a large dose of salt the conspiracy theories floated by the opponents of the bicycle lanes. Unfortunately, the demise of the bike lanes on Research were due in no small part by the efforts of a small group of very noisy opponents convinced that there was a secret scheme to foist bicycles on the public. So beware, Colorado Springs, there are some coming to confiscate the facts who like posting comments at 12:35 in the morning.
To the comment that Research has been turned into a two lane road, that is not true. Research is now a four lane divided thoroughfare (before it was six). Also to the comment that it is a matter of time before some gets killed. Also not true. People have already been killed on Research. One of the goals of the demo is to reduce speeds through a residential neighborhood. Hopefully the reduced speeds will save lives.
I no longer park on Ruxton. Too expensive and more importantly out of respect for the residents who have to put up with Cog railway traffic anyway. I park down near Memorial Park and jog the mile and quarter up Ruxton. I have found that the jog warms up the legs and gets the blood aerated for the ascent up the Incline. Do your body (and wallet) a favor by not rolling out of the car seat and going straight up the incline.
Glenn is making a mistake boycotting the debate.
When the Denver Post and other newspapers published accounts of Glenn's arrest and his conflicting responses, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I have since accepted his explanation. I agree with Glenn that domestic violence is a deeply personal matter and that the story was poorly handled by the Post editorial board (Glenn is in good company-- a recent Post editorial criticizing Gov. Hick over a "leaked draft" on some policy proposal was also over the top-- poorly researched, full of suspicion and illogical). The Denver Post somewhat made amends by allowing Glenn to write a guest commentary for the editorial section. You can find Glenn's response on the DP site.
There many pressing issues facing the country, and as an informed voter, I can distinguish between journalistic malpractice and a serious candidate. His choice to boycott the Post and accuse them of a "smear campaign" reflects negatively on his ability to handle a controversy that was partly of his own making.
I still have Zoltan Malocsay 1991 classic "Trails Guide to Pikes Peak Country". It too was published locally. The maps are little outdated so you should consult other sources before heading out. However, the guide contains bits of local history and is a delight to read.
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