I love it! Most people who live east of Academy and north of Woodman never leave their land of forever strip malls anyway. Most metropolitan areas this size are composed of multiple cities. The priorities and demographics of this city are split in two, so we should formalize the separation. They can have their TABOR that kills our infrastructure, and we can have transform our core into the collection of walkable / bikable neighborhoods that promote the community most of us want.
Looks like the PPACG document I read was old. The new one does discuss protected bike lanes. Sorry! :-/
I read the entire PPACG document. I think most of its priorities are spot on regarding linking broken routes, but I still saw no mention of protected bike lanes in the roadways. Colorado Springs Urban Intervention is the only group that is mentioning this method of promoting bike travel. Bike paths are important getting you to commercial areas, but once there, people get nervous on a bike lanes sandwiched between moving traffic and parked cars. If you dont feel comfortable riding a bike lane with your kids, then its going to deter most recreational riders. http://www.naiop.org/en/Magazine/2014/Spri…
General Palmer's vision for our wide right of ways was that we use them for multiple modes of transportation. Bikes, Cars, Trolleys and Streetcars, Horse pulled carriages and pedestrians. We then said screw that and made them cars only wastelands. We have the room to put protected bike lanes all over the place. Combine that with a couple of trolleys and this town would attract the kind of people that tend to chose Ft Collins over COS. Keep up the good fight John!
This town took a hard right turn when the Sun shut down. This was not considered a substantially more conservative City than Fort Collins or Pueblo until 87-92 when our news became monotone, and our politicians started wooing megachurches and evangelical activists, and developers were handed thousands of acres of new land to build crappy houses on. The aggressive takeover and shuttering of the Sun allowed the 'Freedom' Newspapers' propagandists to take advantage of a largely transient military population to pull the wool over the local's eyes and make decisions that the Sun would have brought to light and debated (and lambasted). The decision to woo religious organizations from other states like Focus on the Family (Orange County, Ca) and pastors like Ted Haggart (Baton Rouge, La) changed this town from a live and let live community with tolerance for all shapes and sizes to one of hate and ignorance. The Lotus Eater boutique was a LGBT owned business that flourished downtown for many years. They and the many new age booksellers were picketed and harassed by our new influx of hateful transplants. The decision to annex Banning Louis Ranch was made at this time as well. A decision that set a course for unsustainable eastward expansion and an explosion of capital infrastructure costs right at the same time that our local paper championed Doug Bruce and his TABOR fiasco. All of this Citiy's primary issues can be traced directly to the closing of the Sun and the inability for people of reason to contrast the propaganda of the Gazette.You may have been happy to be at the Gazette at the time Ralph, but it was a terrible time for our city.
All the 16 year olds I worked with worked this hard. If we didnt we were fired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyAnincQZf…
Improvements are happening. The new Bike Lanes along Templeton Gap are great but then they kind of just dump you out on Wahsatch near Bon Shopping Center. I would love to see it hook up with Weber and then create a bike lane from Jefferson all the way down to the police station. Weber doesnt really need four car lanes anyway. Weber is also a great candidate for protected bike lanes. http://theexpiredmeter.com/2011/07/city-un…
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