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Forward Thinking

How do you commute to work every day? To the grocery store, gym and local brew pub? What resources and alternate modes of transportation are accessible to you? How much does mobility play in your daily happiness and quality of life?

For me, my quality of life directly correlates with my ability to move freely within my community. I take the bus to work, ride my bike to the farmers market, take an Uber or Lyft on a Friday night and usually carpool with friends to access some of the world’s best hiking trails.

As Colorado continues to attract more residents, businesses and visitors, we need to be forward-thinking about how our communities adjust to accommodate this growth. The way I move around now will be completely different in the next ten years as congestion increases, people-focused infrastructure lags and the cost to own a single-occupancy vehicle becomes too costly. Driverless cars, electric charging stations, shared-mobility programs, bicycle sharing depots and countless emerging technologies will be more necessary than ever.

Cities have started adapting to these mobility needs and changes at increasing rates. Portland, Oregon, recently built a first-ever car-less bridge. That bridge, the name of which literally means “people,” was built truly for its people allowing only public transit systems, cyclists and pedestrians access.

Austin dedicated $120 million for protected bike lanes, urban trails, sidewalks and safety improvements. Los Angeles, a city renowned for its traffic jams, accepted the challenge to get 100,000 cars off the road in five years via a “Shared Mobility Action Plan.” Vancouver’s network of bike trails and innovative infrastructures continue to be a revolutionary leader for cyclists and pedestrians.

As a citizen of Colorado I wonder, how are MY state and local leaders being progressive? What measures are being taken to improve our communities and the way we move within them? What can we learn, implement, partner on and develop so that Colorado stays at the forefront of the 21st Century within active transportation?

If these topics interest you or are at the forefront of your business or community considerations, then please join us at the Moving People Forward conference on February 6, 2017.

What is Moving People Forward?

Moving People Forward is our new, one-day event addressing emerging issues in urban mobility with a focus on active transportation. Panels of local and national leaders, transportation innovators, mobility visionaries and key decision makers will explore innovative ideas, spark dialogue and promote solutions for Colorado’s mobility future.

Throughout the conference, learn how these changes may affect Colorado, how to lead meaningful mobility revolutions and how to “partner up” for best outcomes. In between speakers and sessions, enjoy networking with peers, chat with special guests and celebrate the future of transportation!

Why would Bicycle Colorado be doing a mobility conference?

Bicycle Colorado’s goal is to ensure people are at the center of planning, funding and building of transportation systems, especially as these systems evolve. The ability to safely bicycle or walk to a destination is key to the sustainability, equity and mobility freedom of our state.

Learn more about the event!
Moving People Forward | February 6, 2017 | Embassy Suites Downtown Denver

Claire Peters

About the Author: Claire Peters

Claire manages the exciting events that we host, including the Colorado Bicycle Summit and Gala Celebration. She believes strongly that people can be empowered through access to safe and extensive bike routes. She can be found bike touring or participating in any outdoor adventure Colorado has to offer.


John McQueen - Reply

I ride a bicycle to all the destinations mentioned above year-round. A bicycle is my primary source of transportation and a lot more fun than sitting in traffic. The metro area has a vast network of paved bike paths that most residents don’t even know exist. I have a fairly new pickup truck and drove it only 784 miles last year. I rode a bicycle 4,118 miles. I’m planning on selling the truck soon and will be 2 wheels, 100% of the time.


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