Highlands Ranch: All squiggly lines and no place to go
Screenshot from Google Maps.
Do you know those aerial pictures of endless houses on cul de sacs that are used to illustrate articles on the evils of sprawl? They're almost always of houses in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Highlands Ranch in Douglas County is a south suburb of Denver.
Suburban residents of Denver are having serious problems with energy and transportation costs. Douglas County also has serious problems with a water supply that is running dry, a very real concern in semiarid Colorado.
So what does Highlands Ranch State Representative Frank McNulty do on Bike To Work Day? He attacks one of the solutions that can give real relief to at least the problem of transportation costs.
From the League of American Bicyclists: State Representative Frank McNulty represents Colorado’s 43 district – Highlands Ranch in Douglas County – and chose Bike to Work Day as the opportunity to launch his attack. He was joined by State Senator Joshua Penry, representing Colorado’s seventh Senate district (Grand Junction).
This is pretty disappointing stuff. We have, as a movement, tried hard to remain “bike partisan” and to focus on the benefits of bicycling in helping address many major challenges facing us all today. Bicyclists in Colorado, especially Bicycle Colorado and the many people who put on Bike to Work Day across the state really deserve better treatment and more respect than this.
So, we were wondering about a couple of things.
First, do any of you live in or near their districts (ideally) and get your kids to school by bike; or do you buy groceries for your family by bike?
Second, would any of you be more likely to do so but for the lack of fairly simple improvements to the infrastructure (parking, on-street improvements, trail connection etc.)?
We’d like to make sure they know that people do bicycle to work and for errands in their communities, and that more would do so if there were a little more opportunity. We also want make sure they think twice before taking cheap shots at bicycling and bicyclists again!