Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


RTD Report Finds 40% of Parking Around Transit Stations Unused

PDF: https://wp-cpr.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/12/RTD-Residential-TOD-Parking-Study.pdf



Denver Interactive Crime Map
June 11, 2014, 11:13
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At crime.denverpost.com

Denver Post crime map



Denver Union Station

Can’t wait to check out the Sky Hole. And finally, in 2016, about 25 years after the airport was built on the Eastern plains, there will be a rail line connecting it to Denver.

Used to always be known as “Union Depot” according to one historian. The 1914 building replaced an equally grand predecessor.

Today, Union Station, in the city’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, is on the cusp of a major transformation. The Beaux Arts–style depot, built in 1914, is being restored and converted—by Denver firms Tryba Architects and JG Johnson Architects—into a 112-room boutique hotel with shops, offices, and restaurants, opening in July. Meanwhile, in the rail yard behind the station, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has created a multimodal transit hub for buses, light rail, commuter rail, and Amtrak service. The $500 million public-private project is a milestone for sprawling Denver, which has embraced transit in a big way. The metropolitan area’s first light-rail line opened in 1994, and 10 years later, voters approved a $6.5 billion transit program for an additional 122 miles of commuter and light rail. Starting in 2016, Union Station will be the hub for four new commuter lines, including one to Denver International Airport. That “Travel by Train” sign suddenly seems relevant again.

via Denver Union Station is a "Game Changer" – News – Architectural Record.



Jack Kerouac’s map of the initial road trip in On The Road
February 11, 2014, 06:21
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…before he went back to Denver to steal cars with Neal Cassidy.

kerouacmap



Bike of the Day: Seattle Mayor’s Rodriguez Seahawks bike
February 2, 2014, 21:33
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Won it in a bet with Denver’s Mayor Hancock.

All mayors are doped.



Metered Parking
June 21, 2013, 14:06
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Just a photo.

meteredparking



Denver City Council will focus on bike-pedestrian safety in 2014

Not yet sure what that means. Could be good or bad, probably a combination of good and bad.

Denver City Council met for several hours Friday morning at the scenic Boettcher Mansion atop Lookout Mountain, agreeing that pedestrian and bicycle safety should be among the city’s the top budget priorities for 2014.

[…]

Recent high-profile hit-and-run crashes that have killed pedestrians and increasing interest in creating a more walkable and bike-able Denver prompted the council to order the budget office focus on improving the city’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure.

via Denver City Council sets budget priorities for 2014.



hit-and-run city

Denver’s traffic not following national trends.

Denver’s auto-pedestrian accidents were up 46 percent for the first eight weeks of 2013 over the previous two years. Another grim statistic also stands out: Last year, the city had 13 hit-and-run fatalities, more than the previous three years combined.

[…]

After two years of averaging about 31 auto-pedestrian incidents a month, the average jumped to 44 a month in January and February, according to Denver police statistics.

Hit-and-run cases averaged 8.5 a month in January and February — after 4.8 per month in 2011 and 6.1 in 2012.

[…]

Over the past decade, about 1,600 accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists were reported every year, according to a study by the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

In the 10-county region, 17 percent of all fatalities were pedestrians, and 3 percent were cyclists.

via Spike in Denver's auto-pedestrian cases has officials seeking answers – The Denver Post.

These “jumps” are based on a mere two months’ of accidents. Gotta keep an eye out to see if it continues.



Bicycle Parking

Sort of required.

Download complete Denver Zoning Code (pdf), effective 2010.


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not featured in real estate brochures

via (pdf) http://www.rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/leroy-moore-papers/dem-public-heath-at-rf-12-10.pdf

Leroy Moore papers: http://www.rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org/leroy-moores-blog/papers-by-leroy-moore-phd-2/


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Figure 2. Carl Johnson studied cancer incidence for 1969-1971 among Anglos in three areas downwind of Rocky Flats defined by levels of plutonium contamination in millicuries per square kilometer (mCi/km2) as compared to the uncontaminated control area. See the text above for cancer incidence rate for each area. From Johnson, “Cancer Incidence in an Area Contaminated with Radionuclides Near a Nuclear Installation,” AMBIO, 10, 4, October 1981, page 177 and Table 3 (copyright Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, reprinted by permission of Allen Press Publishing Services).

Fires in 1957 and 1968 sent an unknown amount of highly radioactive material over the Denver area. Johnson found higher cancer rates the closer he got to Rocky Flats.



New Denver/Boulder bicycling guidebook coming out

Just sent it off to the publisher. A combined road and mountain bike guide with 40 full ride descriptions and a few dozen additional mini-descriptions. Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder. Rejected subtitle: Oh Yeah Baby.

A few places in the book:



Denver Bike Map 2012

Via Bike Denver. Download: http://www.bikedenver.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/Bike_Map_Final_2012_Final.pdf



Bike theft is popular

The Downtown Denver Partnership advises cyclists to lock bikes to bike racks rather than trees, street lights or other sidewalks furnishings. There are 600 racks scattered throughout downtown Denver.

via More cyclists in Denver — and record numbers of bicycle thefts – Denver News – The Latest Word.

You mean one of these racks….

HURST CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING. In other downtown abominations, check out these new racks, which have plates welded where one would most like … to stick … one’s … lock. I should be happy you say, grateful that these things are being installed — racks is racks right? I mean, they are still useable. Unfortunately I can’t get past the sheer stupidity represented in these curious artifacts. Every time I am compelled to use one I find myself grumbling, so I avoid contact.

As the sticker there proudly proclaims, they are brought to you by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, an organization which until now has seemed to view bicycling as a hindrance to business, something to be stamped out rather than facilitated. These pants-suited business boosters never exhibited any appreciation for potential customers on bikes, or the workers downtown, from lawyers to dishwashers, who use bikes to get to their jobs. They certainly had little appreciation for the messengers who served their tenants, I mean overlords. Then the cycling renaissance of the ’00s took the BID by surprise. What are all these people doing riding bikes around down here? Now they present these awkward racks to their friends the cyclists with the prime rack area welded shut to create a place to put their sticker or some other form of advertisement. Am I on hidden camera here? This is a bit like getting a delicious sandwich with a huge bite taken out, and a sticky note there with ‘Brought to You by Mo’s Deli’ written on it. And of course the racks are popping up everywhere — except where they would be most useful. That’s about a D+ for execution, BID.

from http://www.industrializedcyclist.com/92809_Hope_You_Had_a_Nice.html



Former Denver Councilman and mayoral candidate Linkhart hit by truck on Bike to Work Day

He was my favorite mayoral candidate. He has almost no TV charisma, which is a major plus for a public official. He would have made a fine mayor. He liked libraries.

Fortunately, he’s fine, but the incident did prompt a conversation between council members and the mayor about road safety regulations and the interactions between cyclists and vehicles.

…During which, of course, scofflaw bicyclists somehow came out the villains, and education and/or reprogramming of scofflaw bicyclists was re-hurled to the tippy top of the bike safety priority list. This even though Linkhart’s crash (1) did not involve a scofflaw bicyclist and (2) car-bike crashes involving adult bicyclists typically do not. The most likely scenario for an adult bicyclist is to be caught out by another road user’s looked-but-failed-to-see error while riding lawfully. But hey, we’ve all seen bicyclists run lights right? People like Mayor Hancock make no attempt to understand the truth about urban cycling safety. Why bother — everyone knows it’s “common sense.” Common sense is good politics. Let’s not let any facts get in the way of our “common sense” about bicycle safety.

According to Linkhart, he was heading west on 23rd Avenue — on a bike route — approaching Downing Street when a pickup truck went to make a left turn and collided with him.

“I was going straight. He turned left in front of me, and…hit me across the side, and I fell down,” Linkhart recalls.

… Linkhart was scraped up badly, his bike got a bit bent and he had to get several stitches in his leg.

“I kinda went flying,” he said. “I kind of plowed into the sidewalk. I had a helmet, which didn’t help.”

Linkhart, going straight, had the right of way over the pickup truck, which was turning left.

23rd and Downing is classic left cross territory. I’ve been through that intersection a hundred times. Got to ‘keep your head on a swivel’ so to speak.

via Westword Doug Linkhart, ex-councilman, hit while cycling to Bike To Work Day event – Denver News – The Latest Word.



Another Smoke Map

High Park Fire filled Denver with smoke this morning, but the plume has since pulled back.

Via NOAA: http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm



Suncor Refinery Unleashes Plume of “Catalyst Material” in Malfunction

Burnett said it appeared a blower on the unit that processes crude oil stopped working, causing the catalyst material to escape as a yellowish, grayish material until the unit could be shut down.

The unit is is involved in processing gasoline from crude oil, she said.

“It was very short,” Burnett said. “It lasted less than a few minutes.”

She said federal agencies that regulate the plant will be notified to allow them to investigate further, if they wish, she said.

via Plume of "dust" from Suncor refinery shuts roads briefly – The Denver Post.

I don’t know how to break it to people, but toxic clouds are spewing out of that place all the time, by design.



Suncor’s benzene still flowing into South Platte

It’s one of Denver’s many delightful quirks!

Six months after Suncor Energy’s oil refinery contaminated Sand Creek and nearby property, obstacles remain in containing the pollution, and a full cleanup may be years away.

via Suncor spill clean-up months, years away – The Denver Post.

This is Denver’s drinking water. Serves us right?



Plutonium-239 and Americium-241 Contamination in the Denver Area

Now with Cesium sprinkles!

A 1972 article notes a ‘thin layer’ of Pu-239 contamination. I suppose that’s good news of a sort. The operators of Rocky Flats, however, went on to illegally incinerate and dump waste at least through 1989, when the plant was raided by the FBI.

Measurements of 239Pu and 90Sr in the top 1 cm surface layer of soils show that in this layer the 239Pu contamination in offsite areas just east of the Rocky Flats plant ranges up to hundreds of times that from nuclear tests. In the more densely populated areas of Denver the Pu contamination level in surface soils is several times fallout.

Plutonium-239 and Americium-241 Contamination in the Denver… : Health Physics.



B-Cycle is back
March 13, 2012, 05:00
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Denver’s public-private bike share program, B-Cycle, is back for the season, with expanded hours and (so it’s been said) a few new locations. Maybe one around here.

http://denver.bcycle.com/WhatisDenverBcycle.aspx



Suncor refinery benzene still in the Platte River

From a new article by Bruce Finley in the Denver Post.

Yes, this is Denver drinking water. They don’t even know where the leak is.