It’s a uniquely Colorado scenario: $100 million over the next four years to enhance cycling across the state while public transit costs skyrocket for working commuters, the poor and disabled. Cyclists rejoice in anticipation while businesses will be shelling out a whopping 18.3 percent more for employee EcoPasses. Basic bus and rail and the Neighborhood EcoPass are increasing 13.3 percent.
RTD approved a fare hike with a 10-4 vote. RTD officials insisted that the EcoPass is still a “heck of a deal,” while a board member expressed concern that the entire program is being put in jeopardy.
Frustration has built up over decades for many Boulderites who describe ongoing “mistreatment” of our fair city by RTD. These detailed comments offer useful context. Just be aware, only one defends RTD.
Hickenlooper hits up the largest cycling trade show in the country, Interbike in Las Vegas, pledging to make Colorado the “best state for cycling.” Hickenlooper cited economic, environmental and health benefits, and emphasizes creating a statewide network connecting existing trails, paths and bike lanes.