My current hometown, Boulder (CO), has reportedly been one of the forefront communities for bicycle planning since the mid 1990′s. It is one of the reasons my family and I decided to move here in 2007. But I have gone on record questioning whether its reputed position is deserved, particularly over the past few years; legacy affects live on for years. From a sideline perspective (and nothing more), it appears as if city council has lost their “gusto” for aggressive cycling types of initiatives.
The recent dust-up–or more than that–to reverse the protected bike lanes on Folsom street in Boulder, reaffirms this assertion.
In what could easily provide the foundations for an interesting case study in city politics, ‘supposed’ progressive planning, and bicycling, an article in the ColoradoDaily sheds light on the inner baseball that went on and how the project came undone. I suspect that some facts or perceptions might be slightly mis-represented here, but at least it provides a start.
ps. In reading the recap, remember one of the proverbial tag-lines describing Boulder’s population: “Boulderites are among the most liberal of all people–but only about things that don’t directly affect them.”