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The Smart Commuter

February 2022

After 10 Years at the Helm, Smart Commute Executive Director Says "Farewell" | RTD is Redistricting | Intrepid Winter Bikers - Get an RTD MyRide Card | Denver Post Provides Detailed Reporting on RTD | News to Peruse — read on!
These past ten years have been both challenging and fulfilling. I’ve had the great good fortune to have worked with talented and dedicated colleagues, partner organizations, members, supporters and Board Members that have helped nurture a small one-person start-up non-profit grow into an influential organization recognized for its expertise, innovation, and passion for transportation improvements and mobility options. I’m proud of our multitude of accomplishments, and I thank you all for the part you have contributed to our success.

Our focus through these years has been information, action and advocacy. We’ve had a significant impact on regional and state policy decisions, participation on project prioritization and exposure to innovative technology. I’m most proud of the part we played in advocating for the N Line project, the annual TransForum events, the creation of a workforce focused FlexRide shuttle service and the introduction of an income qualified eBike “Loan to Own” program. 

The future holds many exciting opportunities for Smart Commute with Carson Priest at the helm. This organization will be in good and competent hands under Carson’s leadership and with the continued support of the very talented Smart Commute staffers: Catherine Sanders, Tammy Herreid, and Jeanne Shreve.

Keep me on the newsletter list! Can’t wait to read about all the interesting things ahead!
 
Send a "Farewell" Note to Karen
Check Out A Photo Movie of Great Karen and Carson Moments
Watch for a "Hello" from Carson next month!

RTD district boundaries are changing due to population changes and growth in the entire metro region, with proportionally more growth occurring in the north area.  See the proposed redistricting map.

Learn More about the Redistricting Process

Did you brave the cold and bike on February 11?  Or are you simply curious who did? See photos from the regional event. Did you bike on Winter Bike to Work Day?  Share your selfie! Also, let us reward you with a MyRide card for biking! (Quantities limited, first come, first served).

The Denver Post published interesting in-depth reporting on RTD, and summarizes some of the broad challenges facing our regional transit system. It's an illuminating read.

Thought provoking: "'We’re going to give you 100% of the best service that we possibly can by optimizing our service delivery model and discerning where people need to go, and how they need to get there,' Johnson said in an interview. 'And when we talk about routes that could potentially be eliminated, that doesn’t mean we’re eliminating mobility options.'"

Read the whole thing.

Learn about the "Reimagine RTD" Process Driving Changes
(Through March 9) Add Your Specific Comments About Specific Routes to the Map

News (etc) to Peruse

CDOT, archaeologists, and local Native American tribes work together to uncover long-buried settlements around Durango. (PBS)
Covid-era Americans are using public transit less and having more car crashes (Guardian)

672 People Killed On Colorado Roads In 2021; CDOT Blames ‘Drivers Making Poor Decisions’ (CBS)

Don't be misled by the title, "The 4-Day Week Is Flawed. Workers Still Want It" (Wired) (DenBiz covers it too, behind a paywall)
Smart Commute is the Way to Go provider for the north metro area. Learn about this regional program at waytogo.org.
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