Co-Chairs Joel Noble and Geneva Hooten hope your neighborhood can send a representative to the committee as we discuss a range of transportation, transit, and streets topics, build connections with the agencies and organizations involved, and ensure that neighborhood input is included in plans at all levels! Attendees do not need to be INC delegates — all are welcome. Even if your neighborhood organization is not a member of INC, you are welcome to participate. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in joining the committee — they can use this form to be added to our growing e-mail list!
There’s so much going on in Denver and regional transportation right now, it’s hard to keep up!
Please be sure your neighborhood has people going to the meetings for the city’s 20-year plans for integrated land use and transportation under the Denveright umbrella — Blueprint Denver, Denver Moves: Transit, and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails.
As we’ve covered in meetings both in INC’s Transportation committee through the alternatives analysis phase, and at INC’s delegates meetings since then, CDOT’s I-70 project is a massive effort that continues to draw controversy. For this month’s INC delegates meeting on Saturday, September 9th, a panel discussion has been arranged to bring neighborhoods up to date on the status of the project and the lawsuits that surround it.
The Colfax Corridor Connections project has recently come back to the public with a new, much-improved design direction for Bus Rapid Transit on East Colfax that is beginning to go through the refinement process with the community. We’ll have an update on this at an upcoming meeting.
And the 2017 General Obligation Bond is headed to the voters in November following a unanimous vote by City Council. INC’s Zoning and Planning Committee has recommended that INC pass a resolution in support of the Bond program, which will considered and voted on by the delegation at an upcoming meeting. The bond package contains 290 transportation projects that align well with the INC Transportation Platform.
Thursday September 14th, 6-8 p.m.
This month, we have an absolutely packed meeting of timely transportation topics! Please join us, and bring a friend!
- The 5280 Loop — Adam Perkins, Urban Planning Manager with the Downtown Denver Partnership
In August, the Downtown Denver Partnership kicked off a year-long design process for the 5280 Loop, a conceptual urban trail. Prioritizing people, health, culture, and nature, the 5280 Loop will connect people and neighborhoods through the great urban outdoors and create a powerful sense of place for the many vibrant and diverse city center neighborhoods. This project seeks to transform how the public right-of-way is used in Downtown Denver by turning underutilized streets into the essential Downtown experience uniting urban life with Colorado’s outdoor culture. This effort builds on the visionary ideas and goals identified in numerous city and neighborhood plans to reimagine and repurpose our shared public spaces, linking neighborhoods and connecting people. We saw a sneak peek at the potential of the 5280 Loop with the Square on 21st, a temporary gathering place for a neighborhood that doesn’t currently have open or public spaces. Adam Perkins will share with us the larger vision, and let us know how to get involved!
- Short Break (with snacks!)
- Mayor’s Mobility Action Plan & 2018 Draft Budget — Crissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation and Mobility
In July, Mayor Hancock made major announcements regarding transportation and mobility. In the new Mobility Action Plan, five major strategic objectives are outlined, including setting a target date for Vision Zero — an INC Transportation Platform priority — and the reorganization of Public Works to create a new Department of Transportation and Mobility. Crissy Fanganello will be joining us to describe the announcements and goals, to provide an overview of the 2018 draft budget proposal, and to let us know how we can be ever more involved in working on our goals through this plan.
- New Dockless Bikeshare Readying for Launch — Mike Pletsch, UrBike Director of Operations
A new type of dockless bike share is rolling out in cities across the world, and is poised to come to Denver. To get the earliest look at this, we have invited Mike Pletsch, Director of Operations with locally-based UrBike, to share with us how this different take on self-locking bikes work, and the challenges and opportunities with these systems. As UrBike is in talks with municipalities and campuses across the US, Mike will share info on the differing approaches to and acceptance of the new technology. With luck, Mike will be able to bring along one of their bikes to show off!
- Getting To and Around Denver’s Parks — Kelly Ream, East Denver Parks Planner, and Dan Raine, Senior City Planner
Throughout the nation, Denver is well known as a city that values its active, outdoor lifestyle. How does the City and County of Denver enhance this reputation and ensure its residents continue to have access to a robust network of trails and parks in the future? Kelly Ream, East Denver Parks Planner, and Dan Raine, Senior City Planner, will provide an overview of how the Parks and Recreation and Transportation and Mobility Departments work together on city, neighborhood and park scales to meet the immediate and future needs of Denver residents and visitors.
2017 Meeting Schedule
The INC Transportation Committee’s meetings throughout 2017 will be held at 1201 Williams St., 19th Floor from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thank you to Michael Henry for the wonderful space!
- November 9, 2017
Call for Topic Suggestions
Do you have a topic you’d like the INC Transportation Committee to consider or to find a speaker to discuss with us? Please send your ideas to Joel and Geneva at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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