THE PROBLEM

Denver has grown exponentially but in a way that did not take our limited and fixed infrastructure –roads- into consideration.

Our roads are very congested. Driving in this city is a nightmare. Few viable transit options exist for most Denver residents.

MY SOLUTIONS

I will create a cabinet-level Department of Transportation to focus on Denver’s mobility needs, relying on technology and innovation. In most instances, we cannot and should not build more roads or widen the ones we have – we need to be more creative.  Denver needs its own mobility solutions “driven” by the city, its businesses, and neighborhoods. Our Denver-centric mobility solutions must be compatible with and complement RTD’s efforts.  Our mobility situation has become so acute that we cannot afford to wait for RTD to rescue us. RTD’s mandate is properly regional.

Simply making it more difficult to park your car will not get more people out of their cars.  Making driving downtown miserable will not stop people from driving – it will stop them from visiting downtown.  We have grown without implementing a real transit plan. We need a forward-thinking, multi-modal transit plan that makes transit options other than a single occupancy vehicle accessible, equitable, affordable, convenient, and attractive to Denver residents.  All decisions in my administration will be made through the lenses of being an environmental steward and an ally to working people in Denver. Air quality must be preserved and we must move aggressively to do so.

 

A number of solutions are obvious like talking with neighborhoods about the flow of traffic in their community and how it can be improved and/or reduced.  But this is our starting point. As your Mayor, I will:

 

  • Evaluate shuttle services downtown and shuttle services within and between downtown and in other neighborhoods;

  • Install sidewalks in communities that don’t have them;

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of bus-only lanes all of the time and consider modify restrictions to alleviate congestion;

  • Explore technology such as vehicle-to-vehicle communication; smart signs, and road conditions and construction mobile applications;

  • Reduce the minimum cost of parking – $1.00 is too much;

  • Increase the ability to walk and bike by incentivizing these modes of transportation;

  • Build strong partnerships with environmental and planning organizations who focus on environmentally responsible transit;

  • Explore flex lanes to expedite traffic during rush hours;

  • Evaluate the expanded use of one-way streets;

  • Re-time traffic lights;

  • Encourage and incentivize carpooling and ridesharing;

  • Improve and expand our current bike lane and trail system with an emphasis on consistent approaches and an extensive educational effort;

  • Work with RTD and discuss their plans to be a strategic partner with RTD and craft transportation solutions in the city of Denver.

  • Be an environmental steward as we only get one planet and need to do all we can to protect it;

 

Denver must be a leader in addressing our transportation and infrastructure crisis.  We must be innovative and willing to consider new ideas for all modes of transportation the possibility of shuttles on Colfax and other main thoroughfares, and how to direct traffic in a way that cuts congestion.  We have to be prepared to accept that new solutions may require new funding sources. Although state voters recently turned down two transportation funding measures, we must explore additional funding sources to address these issues.  I will work to find new revenue in ways that don’t harm families who are already struggling in a city that’s becoming rapidly more unaffordable for working people. We need to explore all available options, as we cannot build more roads or widen the ones we have, and most importantly, we only get one planet and need to do all we can to protect it.