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.
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.