MAYOR HANCOCK TO AN­NOUNCE $2B AC­TION PLAN

The mayor will ask more com­muters to ditch their cars as part of a $2 bil­lion mo­bil­ity plan.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jon Mur­ray

Mayor Michael Hancock on Mon­day will an­nounce a $2 bil­lion “Mo­bil­ity Ac­tion Plan” that over the next dozen years would set out to un­clog city streets, elim­i­nate traf­fic-re­lated deaths and get more peo­ple out of their cars.

Those are lofty goals in a city with per­sis­tent tran­sit gaps, a grow­ing bike lane network that still is far from com­plete and side­walks that stop abruptly in some ar­eas, in part be­cause prop­erty own­ers are re­spon­si­ble for build­ing them.

But in his an­nual State of the City ad­dress, Hancock said dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Den­ver Post that he will roll out a plan in­clud­ing 2030 tar­gets such as re­duc­ing the share of res­i­dent com­muters who drive to work alone, from 73 per­cent (in 2015 cen­sus data) to 50 per­cent. That could be achieved in part by boost­ing the com­mut­ing share of tran­sit rid­ers from 6 per­cent to 30 per­cent.

“If we’re go­ing to be suc­cess­ful in our ef­forts to re­duce the num­ber of sin­gle-oc­cu­pant cars on our streets — and to be­come a truly mul­ti­modal city — ev­ery res­i­dent in Den­ver is go­ing to have to ask them­selves, ‘What role do I play?’ ” Hancock said.

At the mid­point of his sec­ond term, Hancock says his speech — set for 11 a.m. at the Hi­awatha Davis Recre­ation Cen­ter in North Park Hill — will lay out new strate­gies on three long-stand­ing is­sues: trans­porta­tion and mo­bil­ity, hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, and build­ing or main­tain­ing a high qual­ity of life in the city’s neigh­bor­hoods in the face of Den­ver’s pop­u­la­tion boom.

Only some of the $2 bil­lion price tag for the mo­bil­ity plan would be new money. Hancock’s ad­vis­ers say it in­cludes about half of an in-the­works $900 mil­lion bond pack­age that, if vot­ers ap­prove it this fall, would be ear­marked for trans­porta­tion-re­lated projects. The city al­ready spends about $75 mil­lion a year on roads and trans­porta­tion, but a may­oral spokes­woman said that bud­get could see a boost of about $27 mil­lion a year.

Hancock says prop­erty taxes won’t be in­creased, but city of­fi­cials will need to seek other fed­eral, state and lo­cal sources to pay for his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mo­bil­ity plan.

He said his of­fice would cre­ate a panel called the Multi-Modal Cit­i­zen Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee to help guide city ef­forts, which in­clude ac­cel­er­at­ing road and bridge re­pairs, build­ing 100 more miles of bike lanes, con­struct­ing new pedes­trian path­ways and, po­ten­tially, ex­pand­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion to sup­ple­ment the Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Dis­trict’s sys­tem. Hancock also plans to set a new 2030 dead­line to achieve the city’s “Vi­sion Zero” plan to elim­i­nate traf­fic-re­lated deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries.

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