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34,000 people participated in the Denver region’s Bike to Work Day – Globe Newswire

The Denver Regional Council of Governments crunches the numbers on the thousands who came out for the metro area’s Bike to Work Day. The new-rider number is particularly impressive. This year’s Bike to Work Day highlights include: Thirty-seven percent of riders were first-time participants 718 businesses and organizations participated in the Business Challenge 307 breakfast,… Read more »

Why would Denver RTD want its mascot to be a total jerk?

Yes, we get it, there are rude jerks on mass transit everywhere. But once again, it seems like the public-transportation industry is missing an opportunity. With the Denver Regional Transportation District’s ridership heading downward, couldn’t the system try inspiring people about its product rather than highlighting the things that people think are its worst aspects? A… Read more »

What does the new transportation landscape mean for public-private partnerships?

It’s safe to say that public-private partnerships, also known as P3s, have had a rocky history in the United States, with some major infrastructure projects costing cities more than anticipated or leaving them with questions over complex contracts. But as officials are now confronted with the rapidly expanding ways people are moving throughout their cities… Read more »

Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand

The term “affordable housing finance” isn’t quite as catchy as “carshare,” “bikeshare,” or any of the other technology improvements helping promote transportation demand management. Yet for low-income members of our communities, who stand to benefit the most from those solutions, affordable housing finance should be considered, and put to use as, a TDM strategy. In… Read more »

Free transit attracts riders and helps communities in more ways than one

In January, Missoula, Montana’s transit agency, Mountain Line, began a three-year, “zero-fare” demonstration project on its fixed-route and door-to-door services, meaning boarding passengers no longer pay to use the bus. Implementing a zero-fare system was part of a larger transit improvement package that includes late-night service on its four most popular routes, increased frequency on… Read more »

Boulder Makes It Easy for Low-Income Residents to Take Bus, Bike, and Carshare

When someone gives up her only parking spot in front of her home for a carshare vehicle for the whole community, you know you’re getting through to people. That’s exactly what happened in Boulder, Colorado – and may be happening even more soon – as a unique partnership began this year between the local housing… Read more »

Modeling Bikesharing in Aspen, Colorado

Bikesharing has its roots in big cities like Paris, London, and Montreal, but the real sign of success is when it takes hold in smaller towns. Aspen, Colorado is the first mountain town to offer bikesharing, with We-Cycle. Last summer, it opened with 13 stations. Coloradans have already seen bikesharing in Denver and Boulder. To… Read more »

An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing

Should the bikeshare industry adopt an open data standard? As bikesharing spreads to more cities, having a common method for accessing and analyzing data will become more important. We know that transit systems work best when agencies concentrate on their core mission. Transit agencies are not in the information technology business; all they should do… Read more »

Rail-Volution: Transit Becoming Economic Backbone of Communities

Transit’s impact on economic development was a major theme at this year’s recent Rail-Volution conference in Seattle. King County (Washington) Executive Dow Constantine opened the conference by saying “transit is the backbone of our economy.” Many of the workshops brought up the often-publicized trend about the shift towards walkable developments, the decrease in driving by younger generations, and how transit… Read more »

Author Jeff Speck and 10 Reasons to Go Car-Lite

Jeff Speck has gone from being a city planner and architectural designer to one of the world’s most-acclaimed authors on walkability in a relatively short time. The author of Suburban Nation (with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk) and Walkable City spoke at a recent symposium sponsored by Mobility Lab and the Association of Commuter Transportation. Here are 10… Read more »