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July bike rides, proposed ETRP Rule moves forward, plus crazy lost and found "finds" — read on!
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July 2021

The Smart Commuter

July's Bike to Summer Feature Ride Coming July 23 | Smart Commute Influencing ETRP Rule Through TMO Coalition | Governor Establishes Front Range Passenger Rail District | North Metro Commuter Survey Coming in September | Meet with Smart Commute to Discuss ETRP | Save the Date:  "Back in the Saddle" for Bike to Work Day | Great Pics from First eBike Training | News to Peruse — read on!
July Bike to Summer:  "I Bike My Neighborhood"

July 23:  Brighton Full Moon Bike Ride

(Photo below from Northglenn's June Full Moon Bike Ride)
Bike to Summer Website

In collaboration with the seven other Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) of the Denver Metro, Smart Commute is influencing the proposed ETRP Rule, which will be reviewed and likely codified by the Air Quality Control Commission at their August 18-20 hearing.

As described in our coalition's prehearing statement, TMOs were created as partners for the business community, helping employers improve the quality of life for their employees through innovative commuting programs that reduce vehicle miles traveled and improve air quality. Collectively, our coalition has over 150 years of combined experience. Spanning the greater Denver metro region, TMOs represent over 1-million employees. We are on the front lines with our employers and employees serving as stewards for the betterment of movement of people and goods through our regions and improved air quality.

In our joint statement, Smart Commute is advocating for changes to the proposed ETRP Rule, including:  equity for low wage and disadvantaged workers, targeting high-ozone and peak congestion commute times (6:00 – 10:00 a.m.), removing performance-based metrics, implementing three distinct tiers for % SOV goals recognizing differences in transit access, as well as asking for additional clarity regarding penalties and compliance, phasing of the ruling starting with employers with 250 employees, and simple, but required, training for Employee Transportation Coordinators.

Learn More about ETRP
Smart Commute is actively hosting meetings to make sure all large employers are aware of this proposed ETRP Rule, and are prepared for what it will require. To set a meeting with Smart Commute to discuss, use our easy-to-schedule links:  Carson can provide an overview of the proposed ETRP Rule and it's requirements, and Catherine can work to prepare for one of the most important requirements:  data collection via employee commute surveys.  
Set a Meeting with Carson (ETRP Origins and Overview)
Set a Meeting with Catherine (Employee Survey Requirement)
Funny:  Ever found somethings outrageous? Check out RTD's "News Stop" article, RTD's Lost and Found has you beat...
Smart Commute is pleased to see these "leaning rails" being installed by our neighbor, Arvada, at bus stops along Ralston Road.  Read more about the problem, and solution, on Facebook, in a post by RTD Director Shelley Cook.
Governor Polis signed SB21-238 on June 30, establishing a Front Range Passenger Rail District. This district's size is quite extensive, encompassing an area that extends from Wyoming to New Mexico (including all of Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, and Weld counties).
The North Metro Commuter Survey is coming in September.  This annual survey helps our community to better understand travel in the north area, and the more responses we receive, the more impactful to planning efforts.  Contact Catherine to learn more.

Bike to Work Day returns at last on Wednesday, September 22!

Get "back in the saddle" right now by participating in Smart Commute's Bike to Summer program, and continue riding for Bike to Work Day, and beyond!  
In early July, Smart Commute's eBike Program provided training to our initial group of participants.  Participants learned how to ride their program eBikes safely, how to care for them, and how to store them securely.  

News (etc) to Peruse

$20B Dallas-Houston high-speed rail project moves forward (Smart Cities Dive)
White Paper:  A complete guide to building equity in public transportation (Remix)
Major Infrastructure Bill Passes in the House, includes TDM (ACT National)
The best ways to explore metro Denver by bike (Denver Post's "The Know")
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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