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Get on your bike this summer, stay involved in ETRP, celebrate our Can Do Colorado E-Bike Grant Award, and more — read on!
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April 2021

The Smart Commuter

Bike to Summer | Upcoming Health Specialist Interview WebinarETRP | Can Do Colorado E-Bike Grant Award | RTD's People who Move People | Pandemic Bike Joy | Telework Myth of the Month | News to Peruse — read on!

In summer 2021, while “Bike to Work Day” is postponed until fall, “Bike to Summer” is happening every day. Smart Commute encourages north metro residents to reconnect with the many benefits inherent to biking and getting on a bike. From health benefits, to the many emotional, social, environmental and sustainability benefits, biking is always a good choice.  And, rather than thinking only about biking to work, we’re encouraging you to embrace biking for a variety of options, from biking for errands, to biking for appointments, to biking for the sheer JOY of it! 
 
Nationally, 40% of all trips are two miles or less, and a two-mile bike trip, on average, takes less than 15 minutes riding leisurely.  Local data exemplifies opportunities for short, bike-friendly trips as well: 19% of all trips are less than one mile. Many trips can be taken without resorting to a car, and without significant time loss.  “Bike to Summer” seeks to promote biking awareness and encourage the mindful decision of choosing a bike trip over a car trip.
 
Smart Commute’s Bike to Summer program will regularly  prompt  people to choose to ride their bikes. We’ll be rolling out monthly themes, further encouraging tribal-style engagement at small, local outdoor biking events.  Each month, Smart Commute will be a partner with local communities for safe, in-person biking events, as well as collaboratively developing on-demand activities for people who wish to stay socially distanced.

Learn More About Bike to Summer
As a part of the beginning of Bike to Summer, this month Sustainable Broomfield has created a week-long Earth Week scavenger hunt (April 17-25). Join in on the fun by participating in the Smart Commute sponsored challenges including a ShineOn bike light giveaway and a Full Moon Bike Ride on April 25.
 
Join the Sustainable Broomfield Earth Week Scavenger Hunt
In late April, Smart Commute will be Premiering an interview with a local health expert and avid cyclist, Sue Liddell Caudillo, Director Perioperative Services at St. Anthony North Health Campus.  The interview will talk about the many benefits of biking, especially focusing on the health benefits.

Watch for a follow-up invitation to the Premier in the next week, and watch the 45-second preview now.
RTD employs over 2,500 people in a spectacularly varied capacity, from the people who drive vehicles, to the people who plan routes, to the people fixing and cleaning everything. In "People Who Move People," RTD helps introduce the public to the real people who work every day to keep the transit system moving.  Meet them on the RTD Website.
In March, Smart Commute staff attended about a dozen public and stakeholder meetings, listening and recording public and employer feedback around the Employee Traffic Reduction Program - ETRP.  Attendees raised many concerns at these meetings, and the state is listening and adjusting their plans.  This fact demonstrates that it is imperative to continue to speak up, get informed, and be involved.

Smart Commute continues to listen to those located in the north metro area.  We continue to advocate for a regulation that is fair and achievable, and recognizes real constraints. 

In March, we reached out to dozens of local employers, with plans to reach out to dozens more in the months ahead.  We are ensuring that employers are aware of the formal ways to provide comment, and feel comfortable working with Smart Commute to address concerns.

In the next month, Smart Commute is organizing local online presentations with the CDPHE's Air Pollution Control Division (APCD), which is tasked with developing a draft rule for public review and comment.  This draft rule will be available in May.  Most of our local stakeholders will have access to at least one, if not many, of these locally convened presentations.  

Additionally, Smart Commute continues to promote the large, public meetings being convened by the APCD itself, which include upcoming meetings on April 16 and April 23 (including  specific "northeast" and "northwest" regional meetings), as well as a large employer-specific meeting on April 20.

If you, your organization, or an organization you know needs to be briefed about this process, please contact Smart Commute as soon as possible.  
 
Schedule an ETRP Briefing with Smart Commute
"Pandemic Bike Joy" is a series of stories gathered by Bikes Make Life Better, and captures the many positive stories about how bikes brought joy in the midst of last year's shut down. Bikes were more popular than ever during the shutdowns, and were even sometimes hard to come by.  This curation of bike stories will bring a smile to anyone's face.
Smart Commute was recently awarded a Can Do Colorado eBike Pilot Program grant titled "eBikes for Suburban Shiftworkers in North Adams & Broomfield Counties."  This project is structured to provide workers with access to a sustainable mobility option, which can be tested in the North Metro area and, if successful, packaged and redeployed elsewhere (which is what a "pilot" aims to achieve).  Although this pilot will target centers of employment, encouraging biking commutes has wider effects as participants become acclimated to using an eBike for all types of trips.

Additionally, this pilot will focus on a "loan to own" framework especially targeting people who are economically disadvantaged and are not able to easily access beneficial transportation technologies.  

Watch for future updates on this program in The Smart Commuter.
This concern can be alleviated quickly by shifting management priorities to outcomes. The most important measurement of productivity is results, not how many hours a person appears to be working. By managing the results, not the person, an employee’s productivity, or lack thereof, will be fully apparent. That information can be acted upon.

News (etc) to Peruse

Unlocking the micromobility revolution with new regulations and automated data collection (MassTransit)
If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up  Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic (New York Times)
As Biden Pushes Major Rail Investments, Amtrak's 2035 Map Has People Talking (NPR)
RTD 2021 Agency Profile and Facts Available Online (RTD News Stop)
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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