Wow! Did you catch what was in the news recently? Gov. Hickenlooper announced that Colorado will have $100 million dollars to spend towards becoming “the best state for biking” over the next four years. Trail connections, CDOT plans and more are all part of the financial earmark.
From the article in The Denver Post:
Bike lanes on road shoulders, signage and other cycling considerations “are going to be the norm, not the exception, in Colorado’s transportation network for the future,” Hickenlooper said.
Recently, reports have shown that improving biking in Colorado Springs could bring the city great economic returns. We talked about it in the episode “Where are all the Bike Lanes?” just a few weeks ago. (Before the Hickenlooper announcement … Maybe he was listening?) We hate to harp, but Colorado Springs needs some help. Recent bike lanes around UCCS illustrate just how much help we need keeping both drivers and cyclists safe when on the road together. (see image below)
Listen to the bike lanes-focused episode for details on how biking infrastructure could improve our town – in ways from health benefits to higher property values. The link above also gives you access to the actual reports and the real-life numbers. Analyze them yourself and come to your own conclusions about the return on investment we are looking at when it comes to a biking infrastructure.
Our conclusion: Let’s make sure Colorado Springs is part of this state-wide improvement. Get out on your bike, voice your opinion and help make biking part of our city-wide transportation system as well as culture.
If we don’t improve our biking infrastructure – with or without some of the money Hickenlooper is dedicating for the state (we don’t know if The Springs is a benefactor or not) – we risk falling even more behind the cultural shift towards alternate and multi-model transportation. My (humble) opinion is that falling further behind is the last thing we need if we are going to have a thriving city and this is one of the ways we can embrace the future instead of always racing to catch-up.
Share your thoughts and make some noise: What do you think of COS being part of the state-wide mission to be the “best state for biking”? What is the best way to make sure we are part of the culture and not the odd city out?