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May 03, 2018

Electric buses are coming, and they’re going to help fix 4 big urban problems

There is a ton of hype around electric cars right now, for understandable reasons. Several snazzy new models have been released recently, range continues improving, and ambitious cities are pledging to get rid of gas and diesel cars altogether. It’s a heady time.

May 03, 2018

Here’s the real nightmare scenario for self-driving cars

After nearly 10 years of relentless hype for autonomous (“self-driving”) vehicles, the bloom seems to be coming off the rose. In terms of the hype cycle outlined by research consultancy Gartner, autonomous vehicles are plunging down from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment.”

May 03, 2018

Update for the Water Main Replacements on Colorado Boulevard, Montview Boulevard, East 17th Avenue

After 7.5 months of work, Denver Water has finished installation of 6,400’ of 12” water main along Colorado Boulevard, Montview Boulevard, and E. 17th Avenue. While there is still some site clean-up, paving, and landscape restoration that needs to be done, construction is complete.

May 02, 2018

Here is how Denver plans to spend nearly $200 million in the first round of its massive bond package

Several major cultural, park and transportation projects will be among the first to receive money as the city launches work on the massive $937 million bond package approved last fall by voters. An initial project list released Tuesday — detailing how the city will spend the first $193.1 million it’s proposing to borrow — also includes money for design and planning work that will flesh out 30 future projects, including the widening of East 56th Avenue and the reconstruction of North Washington Street.

May 02, 2018

Denver creates weekend 'office hours' for people in affordable housing mess

Denver is trying to rebuild trust with 300 homeowners who unknowingly or unintentionally violated the rules of the city’s affordable homes program. “We will be out knocking on doors and talking to people and hopefully getting more people involved with us,” said Eric Hiraga, the executive director of Denver’s Office of Economic Development.

May 01, 2018

Multimodal Advisory Committee Launches, Welcomes Inaugural Members

– Mayor Michael B. Hancock today welcomed the inaugural members of his Multimodal Advisory Committee (MMAC). The newly formed committee will play an integral role in the implementation of Mayor Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan, which aims to increase mobility options, improve safety, address climate change, improve public health and create smart connections. “We’re supporting the mobility choices we know our residents want to make by accelerating the policies and projects necessary between now and 2030 to move more people, more efficiently and more safely,” Mayor Hancock said. “The MMAC will drive the whole community towards a more mobile future, as well as steer a community conversation about how best to fund and implement these crucial investments.” The committee will provide a forum for engagement, discussion and feedback with residents and stakeholders around transportation and mobility improvements, as well as make recommendations through broad consensus on how to accomplish the goals of the Mobility Action Plan. Members will strive to understand challenges and opportunities at a deeper level through interaction with city staff and policymakers, and they will brainstorm solutions, communicate issues and socialize policies with outside groups. The MMAC is composed of residents from various backgrounds and interests – including bike, pedestrian, transit, seniors and older adults, people with disabilities, youth, and others – and represent multiple Denver neighborhoods. The following individuals (listed with their specific organizations, interest groups or backgrounds) have been selected to serve as inaugural members of the MMAC: • Spencer Borison, PA Consulting • John Desmond, Downtown Denver Partnership • Jose Esparza, BuCu West • Graciela "Chela" Garcia Irlando, Latino Outdoors • Cris Harden, SCL Health • Cliff Lind, Otak and Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee) • Katie McKenna, Habitat for Humanity and Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee • Joel Noble, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation • Carla Perez, Carla Perez Consulting • Maxine Pryor, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and Maxx Impact Group • Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Northeast Transportation Connections • Eric Rolle, Shrewsberry & Associates, LLC • Casey Stock, DaVita and Office of Sustainability Advisory Council • Vivian Stovall, Representing Disabled and Senior Communities • Jeffrey Su, Mile High Connects • Paul Suss, Colorado Auto Dealers Association • Sindimwo Thierry, Denver Youth Commission • Darrell West, Mental Health Center of Denver and Major Taylor Cycling Club of Denver Ex-Officio Members: • Angela Cobain, Denver Public Schools • Amy Ford, Colorado Department of Transportation • Amy Friedman, Denver Health • Ismael Guerrero, Denver Housing Authority • Doug Monroe, RTD • Nicole Portee, Denver Public Schools • Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, Council District 5 • Michael Washington, RTD “The voices of our community and stakeholders are critical to improving mobility and transportation options for our residents,” said Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director of the Department of Public Works. “These dedicated individuals will help Denver find the best path forward in improving the way we move in and around our city.” MMAC is scheduled to meet bimonthly, with the first meeting on Tuesday, May 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Building (201 W. Colfax Ave.), room 1.B.6. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

May 01, 2018

Five reasons why we need to be skeptical of autonomous vehicles

While there are some major potential benefits of AVs (less traffic, less parking, and increased safety), there are some big concerns we need to address before jumping on the AV bandwagon – and before falling for messages like the one above.

May 01, 2018

Every Lyft Ride Will Now Contribute to Fighting Climate Change

This week, we’re excited to announce our next action: to immediately offset the carbon emissions from all rides globally. This is an ongoing commitment, meaning that any Lyft ride from now on will be carbon neutral. Starting today, your decision to ride with Lyft will support the fight against climate change.

May 01, 2018

Got opinions about public transportation?

RTD is looking for residents from across its eight-county area to join its Citizens Advisory Committee and have a voice in planning RTD strategies and initiatives and the FasTracks program. Applications are being accepted through May 10.

May 01, 2018

The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale

Denver residents looking to start the garden and landscaping season off right won’t want to miss Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 AM to 2 PM! The main event site, located at the Havana Nursery (Smith Road & Havana Street), will have mulch available for free and compost available for purchase at significantly reduced prices. There will also be four satellite sites for “dig-your-own” mulch located around Denver.

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