January 14, 2021

INC Transportation Committee Mtg – January

The Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Transportation Committee

Everyone is welcome! We discuss a range of transportation, transit, and streets topics, build connections with the agencies and organizations involved, and ensure that neighborhood input is included in plans at all levels! Participants do not need to be INC delegates. You are welcome to participate even if your neighborhood organization is not a member of INC, or you are not active in a neighborhood group. Please pass on this invitation to anyone who might be interested in joining the committee.

We’re starting 2021 with a look ahead from leaders of two of the most important transportation agencies and departments — Debra Johnson, the new GM and CEO of RTD, and Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director of Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI). We’ll also hear about the possibilities for doing better with sidewalks from Councilman Paul Kashmann, a walkability advocate who has made sidewalks a key focus of his throughout his time on Council. Finally, we’ll get a look at the mobility topics coming to the state legislature once again, benefiting from the 

See the agenda below, and register to attend our INC Transportation Committee virtual meeting at http://bit.ly/2Xvunm9

Would you like to bring your passion for safe multimodal transportation to the new DOTI Advisory Board? Applications are open through Jan. 31st. See below for more details.

In February, I hope to “see” you at the Moving People Forward conference, which is being held as a multi-day virtual event. See below for information and a registration link.

Also, please calendar ahead for the INC Transportation Committee meetings! Our full 2021 schedule is at the bottom of this message.

— Joel


Agenda – INC Transportation Committee – Thursday, January 14th, 6-8 p.m
Register at 
http://bit.ly/2Xvunm9

  • Looking Ahead at 2021 – Debra A. Johnson, RTD CEO and General Manager
    In November, the RTD welcomed its new CEO and General Manager, Debra A. Johnson. We’re excited to be able to meet with her so early in her role at RTD, and will hear her current thoughts on the challenges RTD faces and its opportunities for the future.
  • Denver’s Sidewalks — Where Do We Go From Here? — Councilman Paul Kashmann
    Following a recent audit of Denver’s “Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program” that found pervasive issues with the program, and provided many recommendations. Recommendation 1.4 calls on DOTI to “Review City Ordinance regarding Responsibility and Funding Obligations for Sidewalk Repairs”, calling on DOTI to“review city ordinance and assess whether the property owners’ responsibility and liability to maintain and repair sidewalks is reasonable and is the best approach to address the city’s needs.”  This is what INC has been calling for over many years, including in our Transportation Platform. We’ve invited Councilman Kashmann to share with us his thoughts on the current state of Denver’s sidewalks, and to share his thoughts on where we might go next.
  • A Look Ahead for 2021 — Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director, Denver Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure 
    We are excited to start the year once again with Eulois Cleckley, who will share the 2021 DOTI transportation projects. It’s always great when the head of a department joins us to talk about how upcoming work and evolving plans will improve the safety of mobility across Denver.
  • State Legislative Update – Piep van Heuven, Director of Government Relations, Bicycle Colorado
    Each session there are several pieces of legislation that can affect the safety of the streets in Denver and around Colorado. Piep van Heuven, a regular at our INC Transportation Committee meetings, will give us an update on key transportation legislation to follow and Bicycle Colorado’s 2021 legislative efforts.

The Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Transportation Committee

Everyone is welcome! We discuss a range of transportation, transit, and streets topics, build connections with the agencies and organizations involved, and ensure that neighborhood input is included in plans at all levels! Participants do not need to be INC delegates. You are welcome to participate even if your neighborhood organization is not a member of INC, or you are not active in a neighborhood group. Please pass on this invitation to anyone who might be interested in joining the committee.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the INC Board of Directors selected the Zoom platform for remote meetings for committee, delegate, and Board meetings, and has subscribed to a “Pro” license for all INC meeting use. Committee meetings are starting up, and the Transportation Committee in May set their new format and cadence while maintaining their success at bringing timely, engaging and important topics to an open, citywide group of neighbors.

In the new format, the Committee will:

  • Meet monthly (up from every-other-month), still on the second Thursday of the month
  • Have 90-minute sessions (down from 120-minute meetings), 6:30pm-8pm
  • Share recorded sessions for playback or revisiting (increased accessibility!)
  • Continue presentation-with-Q&A style (with Q&A format changing to meet the online model and avoid the “Zoom bombing” disruption that some meetings have suffered from)
  • Introduce interview-style discussions where that is easier for our invited guests who have information to share but no prepared presentation
  • Introduce “lightning talk” short topics — 5-minute committee member presentations on challenges, successes, and ideas others can learn from or help with. Slides/visuals welcome where helpful. I’m a big fan of this format for a focused presentation of an idea without the pressure of developing a long talk.

Please send your ideas for discussion/topics to Joel Noble, INC Transportation Committee Chair using this email link — What do you want to hear about? Do you have a short topic on which you’d like to present? What advice do you have based on your online meeting experiences? How would you like to help?

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