Changes will make travel harder
Re: "Springs retooling Old North End roads", Jan. 31. So the city is going to make travel even harder going north and south, why not. We have no way of going east and west so let's do the same for the other directions.
The crosswalks around CC are only used by a few so let's cut them back, giving those kids even more reason to cross wherever they choose. What ever happened to look both ways and look again before you cross the street?
Uintah will only become a real nightmare to travel and those who wish not to follow posted speed limits will continue to do as they want. Why not make a bike lane down the middle of the center islands on Nevada and Cascade so as not to interfere with auto traffic on those two streets?
A legal form of protest
The only people turning the taking of a knee within the NFL into a political football, pun intended, are Donald Trump, Brian Borden ("Decision to reject veterans' ad", Letters, Jan. 31) and the rest of the of their cohorts.
This is a protest about racial inequality, specifically the shooting of unarmed black men, no disrespect to the flag is intended, nor is it a slap in the face to veterans but only a legal form of protest granted by the First Amendment.
Whether you watch the Super Bowl or not has nothing to do with this, let it rest and move onto other much more important things.
Cannot afford to make mistakes
Kudos to Dave Gardner for his guest column "Springs should craft a 21st century plan for Banning-Lewis Ranch". In it, he clearly summarizes the concerns many have about the rush to revise the annexation agreement governing this property. It would behoove our City Council to pay heed to his call to go slowly, be transparent, and involve the citizenry in truly meaningful ways as they consider what, if any, modifications should be made to this important document.
I would expect my councilor, Jill Gaebler, to be a leader in this regard, and I would hope The Gazette stays close to this story with informative updates showing all sides of the debate as it unfolds. We cannot afford to make mistakes with this matter as the potential consequences are needlessly higher taxes and diminished services for all residents.
Class seems like a place to start
In response to The Gazette article titled "Road fatalities raise safety concerns" I'd like to make a suggestion. The city of Fort Collins has implemented a Bike Friendly Driver (BFD) Program which is an hour and a half long class where both drivers and bicyclists can learn how to share the road. The class clears up misconceptions about who has the right of way and educates both road users regarding what current bicycling infrastructure means and how to navigate it (i.e. sharrows, protected bike lanes, green striping on road, etc.).
This program is available to start anywhere and Colorado Springs is in need of someone to help implement the program here. Fort Collins started by certifying their bus drivers first and it has grown from there. In fact, as of March 2017 the BFD Program instructions (toolkit) has been downloaded over 155 times and in 37 states, three countries and the curriculum is being translated into other languages. Also, in northern Colorado more than 3,600 people have been through the training since December 2015.
Most businesses who have people who drive as part of their jobs do not want their drivers involved in crashes. Teaching them new ways to be safer on the road should be incentive enough. Colorado Department of Transportation is also planning to train their staff statewide starting in 2018. If they see it as important enough to use their funding to train their staff members, why can't the city of Colorado Springs require it of all who drive on the job as well? Obviously, the program could also be available to citizen drivers as well.
This is one way of trying to offset fatality statistics. In fact, the article mentions the Police Department is "working to drive the numbers down." Having the police force take this class seems like an obvious place to start.
Colorado Springs road infrastructure largely does not prioritize non-motorized travel - be it via foot or bicycle. We should get away from making more lanes for cars and making it easier for drivers to travel at higher speeds.
Needs a refresher history course
Marc Dion may be an award-winning reporter and Pulitzer-winning journalist, however, he needs a history refresher. Nicaraguans are ahead of him as an American. Nicaragua was settled by the Spanish (before the English settled the United States). They have been here and native to the Americas before his ancestors were brought to the Americas.
Some shade of grey in the middle
What the heck is wrong with Sen. Cory Gardner? He seems to have abandoned his base and many of the people you supported him.
We are among of those original supporters. However, in some of his recent posts, Gardner has turned to the left. He is critical of President Trump, he downgrades those in the GOP and he appears to be trying to make a name for himself, in preparation for some higher political office.
As of now, we won't vote for his bid for another six year term. There are other ways to making yourself noticed.
Sen. Gardner, switch to become an Independent and join Bernie Sanders. On the surface, that seems to be the direction you are heading. Nobody is perfect, including President Trump or yourself.
Become either Blue or Red, rather than some shade of grey in the middle.
Duane C. Slocum