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COST/BENEFIT COMPARISON OF IMPACT OF MASS TRANSIT ON RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD COSTS REDUCED SAFETY • INCREASED HEAVY VEHICLE TRAFFIC THROUGH • SCHOOL ZONES • SCHOOL & NEIGHBORHOOD CROSS WALKS • INTERSECTIONS • DIFFICULTY BACKING OUT OF DRIVEWAYS INCREASED POLLUTION • NOISE • AIR • VIBRATION • EXTREMELY FINE ROAD DUST • CARBON DIOXIDE INCREASED ROAD DAMAGE • THE DAMAGE FROM ONE BUS EQUALS THE …

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Yet Another Street With The One-Lane-In-Each-Direction Treatment: This Time It Is Broadmoor Bluffs Drive

Sunday, June 5, 2016 One-lane-in-each-direction! A continuous left-turn lane in the middle of the street! Bicycle lanes in both directions! This time we discovered it on Broadmoor Bluffs Drive in the southern part of the Broadmoor area. There it is. Further proof that painting wide streets for one-lane-in-each direction and adding a left-turn lane and …

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A Brief History of the Accomplishments of the Old North End Neighborhood

Saturday, June 4, 2016 As the Old North End Neighborhood has gone to work to try to ameliorate problems created by the recent shift of Colorado Springs city buses to North Nevada Avenue, questions have been raised about the Old North End Neighborhood’s structure and authority. Here is a brief history of the organization’s major …

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A Brief History of the Organization and Founding of the Old North End Neighborhood

Friday, June 3, 2016 As the Old North End Neighborhood has gone to work to try to ameliorate problems created by the recent shift of Colorado Springs city buses to North Nevada Avenue, questions have been raised about the Old North End Neighborhood’s organization and authority. This brief history will demonstrate how the Old North …

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What Is The Old North End Neighborhood? It Is A Colorado State-Chartered Volunteer Homeowners’ Association

Thursday, June 2, 2016 As the Old North End Neighborhood has gone to work to try to ameliorate problems created by the recent shift of Colorado Springs city buses to North Nevada Avenue, questions have been raised such as: What is the Old North End Neighborhood? Where does it get the authority to act for …

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The Bus Switch To North Nevada Avenue: A Look At The History Of Public Transit In The Old North End

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 On May 1, 2016, bus service in Colorado Springs was removed from North Cascade Avenue and Wahsatch Avenue through the Old North End and concentrated on North Nevada Avenue. This switch, taken with little or no opportunity for input by North Nevada Avenue residents in the Old North End, has been …

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Discovery of Another Safety-Sized Street: Been on East Bijou Street Lately?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Every time you drive in a different part of town, it seems, you discover another street that has been Safety-Sized to one-lane-in-each-direction. Yesterday it was East Bijou Street eastward from Hancock Street to Academy Boulevard. Just by changing the paint job (yellow lane-striping paint) on top of the black asphalt, Colorado …

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Of Memorial Day, General William J. Palmer, the Founding of Colorado Springs, and One Lane From Two Lanes

Monday, May 30, 2016 Memorial Day (today) is set aside for remembering and thanking our military veterans. That makes it a good day to think about the Union Army officer, who fought in the Civil War and then founded the City of Colorado Springs. Here is the story of how he came to be inspired …

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Making Streets More Livable and Enjoyable By Quieting Traffic Is Not a Radical New Idea; It Was Recommended For Colorado Springs Long Ago

Friday, May 27, 2016 The rationale for One Lane From Two Lanes is that a street should be more than just a quick way for motorists and motorcycle riders to get from one place to another. Streets should be made pleasant to live on, and other human uses should be encouraged along streets – such …

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The Mystery Deepens! Who Started Those Beautiful Landscaped Street Medians In The Old North End (and elsewhere in Colorado Springs)?

Thursday, May 26, 2016 Due to the favorable coverage of our posting on who started the wide streets and the landscaped street medians in Colorado Springs, additional research was undertaken. It turned out the beautiful street medians were started by people living in Colorado Springs and not by Charles Mulford Robinson, a landscape architect hired …

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Instead of Traffic Jams, One Lane From Two Lanes Often Results in Slightly Higher Traffic Volumes On City Streets

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Reducing streets from two-lanes-in-each-direction to one-lane-in-each-direction makes streets quieter and safer to drive, but statistics show it does not divert traffic away from the street to other streets. In fact, in some cases, traffic volumes on One Lane From Two Lanes streets actually go up slightly, thereby proving that motorists, once …

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A Neighbor In the Surrounding Neighborhood of Patty Jewett Changed His Mind

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 A resident of the Patty Jewett neighborhood posted this letter on the internet supporting One Lane From Two Lanes. The Old North End is delighted to have this support: After attending the PJNA [Patty Jewett Neighborhood Association] meeting Monday night, I have changed my mind and decided to support the safety-sizing …

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Why Does Colorado Springs Have Four Super-Wide North-South Arterial Streets in Only Five Blocks? The Answer: Not General Palmer!

Monday, May 23, 2016 The following comment was made by a concerned citizen: “So… The city engineers I gather would have been the ones who were responsible for the design of these four-lane streets. Now, we can feasibly cut them in half as there is “excess” capacity. Translation = wasted resources within the design, building, …

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One Lane From Two Lanes Installed On Cheyenne Boulevard In Ivywild

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Every day, it seems, we learn of another arterial street in Colorado Springs that has been given the safety-sizing treatment. Today we heard about Cheyenne Boulevard down in the Ivywild section of our city. Similar to many other arterial streets all over Colorado Springs, it has been downsized to One Lane …

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Major Points in Favor of the Old North End Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Plan

Saturday, May 21, 2016 The Old North End Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee has just released a two-page summary of the major arguments in favor of Safety-Sizing five arterial streets that run through the Old North End. Safety-Sizing is reducing streets from two-lanes-in-each-direction to one-lane-in-each-direction. The short name is “One Lane From Two Lanes.” The …

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AARP Takes A Strong Stand In Favor Of One-Lane-From-Two-Lanes Throughout The United States

Friday, May 20, 2016 The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has taken a strong stand in favor of reducing city streets from two-lanes-in-each-direction to one-lane-in-each-direction. An internet posting by the nation’s largest retired persons lobby cites One Lane From Two Lanes as the best way to promote both automobile safety and pedestrian safety, not …

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A North Nevada Avenue Resident Takes a “Dream” Walk Down His Street Early On A Sunday Morning

Thursday, May 19, 2016 Mark Nelson, a local architect who lives on North Nevada Avenue in the Old North End, has long been concerned for the future of that beautiful street with its heavily landscaped median and attractive Victorian homes. He wrote this essay following an early morning walk: “IT’S OUR STREET” We are on …

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The Bike Lanes That Come With One-Lane-From-Two-Lanes Will Have Economic Benefits for Colorado Springs

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 The biggest side benefit from instituting One Lane From Two Lanes in the Old North End is that there will be room for wide bike lanes on a number of arterial streets running through the neighborhood. When two lanes of traffic in each direction are reduced to one lane, an entire …

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How Many Families in the Old North End will Benefit from One-Lane-from-Two-Lanes? Answer: Exactly 597

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 A direct count of the number of homes and apartments in the Old North End that will be affected by Safety-Sizing five arterial streets revealed that 597 families will benefit from the One Lane From Two Lanes downsizing. The five arterial streets involved are Cascade, Nevada, Weber, Wahsatch, and Fontanero. That …

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City of Boulder Colorado Cancelled One Lane from Two Lanes in a Commercial Area, Not a Residential Street

Monday, May 16, 2016 Critics of the Old North End Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Plan have pointed to Boulder, Colorado, as a city where one safety-sized street (one-lane-in-each-direction) had to be turned back to two-lanes-in-each-direction. It turns out there is more to the story than that. The street in question – Folsom Street – was …

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Right-Sizing Proposed for Research Parkway in the Briargate Neighborhood

Sunday, May 15, 2016 Editor’s Note- The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Research Parkway was being right-sized from two lanes in each direction to one in each direction.  We regret the error and have corrected it in the text below (5/18/2016) Far from being unusual or exotic, right-sizing (safety-sizing) is spreading widely …

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