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On Wednesday December 16th, The Denver Regional Council of Governors (DRCOG) will meet to hear testimony regarding the planned Toll Road between Arvada and Broomfield. The proposed Toll Road will have its largest impact on the Arvada, Golden, Boulder, Superior and Broomfield communities. This is not a new debate, however it is a new opportunity for voices from the bike community to be heard.
Much of the debate over the Toll Road centers around proposed economic development. In these tough economic times, it is important that communities seek new solutions to bolster their economic security, however the Toll Road is neither the only nor the best option.
Why do bicycles continue to be left behind? If tax payer money needs to be used -and the current proposal calls for up to 1 billion in tax payer money- then we need a multi modal design that takes into account pedstrian, bicycle, RTD and cars - serving everyone's needs. The proposed toll road does not do this (they would only set aside some right-of-way for someone else to build in the future) . Its proponents acknowledge that it would cause increased congestion on S.H. 93 and Indiana St. If you bike or drive Highway 93 you know that it has little to no shoulder, tight curves, no split median, plenty of wildlife crossings and frequent snow closures. Funding the proposed Toll Road would not leave any funds left to address these important issues.