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May 2020

The Smart Commuter

RTD Meetings are Public and Ready for Your CallQuick Poll about Transition from Stay at HomeArt Along the N Line | Telework Tomorrow Campaign Brings Support (and so does our newly assembled FAQ document)| Seeking Stories about the New Commute  | Bike to Work Day Postponed to September 22 (but still get ready to break out your bike with our tips video) | and news to peruse — read on!
As we transition back to 50% workforce levels, please take 2 seconds to contribute to our short poll (results will be shared next month).

What are your plans for teleworking now?
Our office plans to investigate a formal teleworking policy (or adjust our existing formalized policy).
Our office plans to keep our teleworking ad hoc.
I'm not sure what our office plans to do regarding teleworking.
Did you know that RTD Board Meetings have been moved to a remote format for the time being, making it even easier to participate as a constituent?  Smart Commute strongly encourages our Smart Commuters to dial in to RTD meetings - always on a Tuesday at 5:30 (but not every Tuesday). 

You can dial in to tonight's (5/19) Board Meeting by calling 855-962-1128.  Public Participation is always invited, and attendees learn a great deal about the transit system serving our entire metro. 

For a full list of meetings, see RTD's calendar page.  For a full list of Board Members, see the RTD Board page.
Anyone living in close proximity to the future RTD N Line has been hearing the test trains sound their horns, bringing the commuter rail train closer to opening.  

Every train corridor in the RTD system features art installations that often promote local artists and the unique communities near the station.  While financial hardships made things more complicated for the N Line, our line will open with unique artwork at every station (Thornton's call for artists closed just last week).  

While art takes time and great effort, we're able to share a few details about the art at three stations:
  • 48th & Brighton●National Western Center Station:  The artist for National Western Stock Show Station is working on three sculptures for the area near the plaza, and the horse sculpture below left is a sample of the artist's work (but isn't the final piece).
  • Commerce City●72nd Station:  Commerce City is in the final stages of selecting art for the bus loop area at 72nd station, and conversation is moving forward with the City Council to finalize details.  Below is, again, a sample of the selected artist's work.
  • Northglenn●112th Station:  Northglenn has contracted with one artist to place a sculpture in the bus loop and a mural/sculpture on the platform wall:  the artist who sculpted Salvere at E.B. Rains Park.  The drawings have been approved and the work is moving forward.  Below right is a sample of the artist's work.
For more information about the N Line, visit the Smart Commute website and RTD website.
Telework Tomorrow is a new regional campaign launching for all Denver metro employers.  With Telework Tomorrow, we are encouraging employers to continue to offer telework options as we gradually transition back to the office.  Smart Commute and our partners at Way to Go are helping the Denver region’s employers launch this free initiative with one-on-one guidance and an implementation toolkit complete with policy templates and company announcement materials.

Interested in learning more?  You can read up on the campaign on the Way to Go website, and, of course, Smart Commute is always your first source for teleworking assistance, which is bolstered due to this regional campaign.
And, speaking of providing teleworking assistance, we've heard many questions about teleworking and assembled the below resource with some regional collaboration.  Check out our new "Tough Questions FAQ" below to see if your most difficult telework question is there (click for the second page).  And, find many more teleworking resources on the Smart Commute website.
Smart Commute takes great pride in promoting commuter stories (good and bad) to our friendly, and savvy, Smart Commuters via our "Stories from Commuters" feature.  Now that COVID has changed commuting for a while, we would love to promote your new commuter stories:  Working from Home, commuting as an essential employee, and more.  Teleworking jumped from 4% of commutes to 43% during the heart of the pandemic, and there are a slew of new stories to share.  So, please, consider sending us your $0.02.  If you are an avid writer, submissions can be full article format, but we can also provide an interview format for those that would appreciate some rails.

And, if you know someone with an interesting story to share - good, or bad - about the new commute (whether the 15-foot commute to a computer, or the bike-riding ghost town), please pass along this invitation to them!
Bike to Work Day, which is normally the fourth Wednesday in June, has been postponed this year.   The new date for Bike to Work Day will be Tuesday, September 22, aligning this celebration with communities across the country and world, as well as across the State of Colorado.  

However, June is still Colorado Bike Month.  And while we won't have the end-of-month celebratory Bike to Work Day events in June, it is still a great month to bring your bike back out for a spin.  To help you get it ready, see our new "5 Tips to Relearn to Love Your Bike" video, above.

News to Peruse

Free Telework Tools and Resources for Your Team (Arlington Transportation Partners) - While not "news" per se, this article is filled with great free resources to support your teleworking team.
The Top Three Work Trends to Incorporate This Year (Arlington Transportation Partners) - Thinking about three strong post-COVID priorities that fit every workplace.
Decades after the 'brown cloud' was part of life in Denver, the stay-at-home orders may have shown a way out (CO Politics)
Cycling 'explosion': coronavirus fuels surge in US bike ridership (The Guardian)
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