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Jun 13, 2018

Denver’s proposed sales tax for parks gains support from at least 9 City Council members

A proposed Denver ballot measure that would create a dedicated sales tax to acquire and maintain parks has attracted nine City Council members as co-sponsors. That strong-majority support on the 13-member council was revealed Tuesday afternoon as a committee unanimously advanced the measure to the full council. A final vote (along with an hour long public hearing) is possible as soon as July 9.

Jun 12, 2018

Denver sales tax hike would pay for more parks under city councilman’s proposal

The idea of a dedicated parks tax — which would raise nearly $46 million a year — is being floated by Jolon Clark, who spent his career as a parks advocate before winning a seat on the City Council in 2015. He was associate director at the nonprofit Greenway Foundation, which works to improve parks and open spaces.

Jun 12, 2018

How Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses

Kenmore Boulevard in Akron, Ohio is in the process of a street redesign which may involve the loss of some on-street parking spots in order to create protected bike lanes. This sort of transition is happening all over the country as more and more cities recognize the transformative impact that bike lanes can have on their city, as well as the prosperity that impact can create.

Jun 11, 2018

Object Blocking a Bike Lane You're Cycling In?

If you're an urban cyclist, you know how annoying it is when you're riding inside a protected bike lane and suddenly come across an object blocking the path — whether it be a car, a pile of snow, trash cans, a bus, a delivery truck or (as is ironically often the case) a police cruiser.

Jun 11, 2018

Denver's Commission on Cultural Affairs Seeking New Members

Determining how arts and culture can shape the future of Denver is no small task. The role of arts in gentrification, the proliferation of street art, the future (or lack thereof) of DIY spaces, equity in funding, access to the arts, and the state of the city's arts plan, Imagine 2020, all top the list of issues on the table.

Jun 08, 2018

Bye-bye, Bird? Denver starts impounding dockless electric scooters

True to its word, Denver Public Works is impounding the electric scooters that have created a minor controversy in the city. Denver officials —one wearing a vest emblazoned with the words "Denver Special Police" — were spotted Thursday confiscating a Bird scooter at 17th Avenue and North Broadway. DPW issued a statement Friday stating it had ordered the companies to remove them from public right of ways. Today the agency confirmed it is confiscating the scooters if they are left unattended on sidewalks or other public areas.

Jun 08, 2018

The Free Ride brings 6-person shuttles to Denver

The 16th Street Mall bus is no longer the only free ride in town. The Free Ride, a New-York based startup that provides shuttles in six-person electric vehicles, is adding three vehicles in downtown Denver.

Jun 07, 2018

Let’s Have a Sober Conversation About Scooters on Denver’s Streets

Hot takes abounded after Lime (and later Bird) brazenly launched a fleet of for-rent electric scooters on Denver streets without the city’s blessing. Some thought the scooters, deployed at the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend, were a fun and cheap way to traverse the city. Others liked the idea of the scooter-share service but worried — rightfully so — that they’d block the paths of pedestrians and wheelchair users.

Jun 07, 2018

Free-wheeling scooter companies Bird and Lime aren’t rushing to comply with Denver’s removal order. But they’re eager to get legal.

Two companies this week still were ignoring Denver’s order to remove their dockless electric scooters from public streets and sidewalks, four days after the city spoke up. Instead, as Lime and Bird still displayed dozens and dozens of available scooters on their mobile apps Tuesday afternoon, they said only that they looked forward to working with the city’s Department of Public Works on rules that could legalize the zippy transports.

Jun 05, 2018

Roadway Maintenance to Close Southbound Syracuse/Yosemite from Xenia to Eastman

Beginning tomorrow at 7:00am, a contractor for Denver Public Works will start making repairs to the concrete roadway surface on southbound Syracuse/Yosemite Street from Xenia Street to Eastman Place. The work will require that stretch of southbound Syracuse/Yosemite to close until Friday morning. Detour signs will be posted and commuters should expect delays. The public’s patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

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