Letter: E-bike leadership?
“Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.”
— Collin Powell
I asked RFTA to lead on the permissibility of e-bikes on the Rio Grande Trail, and their answer was, “It is not on the agenda.”
CDOT made a request to RFTA to allow e-bike access on the trail for the benefit of the taxpaying traveling public. RFTA said that the letter that was sent and in board members’ packets was the first they had heard of the need for e-bikes on the trail. The RFTA board than voted 4-2 in favor of granting CDOT’s request to allow e-bikes on the RFTA trail for the 95-day bridge shutdown; however not enough board members attended the meeting so the vote failed.
On April 4, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law the House Bill 17-1151, which authorized the use of class 1 electric-assisted bicycles in the state of Colorado as bicycles not motor vehicles. On June 15, during the West Midland Trail grand opening, I visited with CEO Dan Blankenship while riding one of Gould’s 29 e-bikes. During that encounter I explained to Dan my intentions with our 29 e-bikes. On June 18, 26 Gould employees rode e-bikes during the Strawberry Days parade. On July 9, the Post Independent reported that Glenwood Springs police would be using e-bikes during the shutdown. Hard to miss this activity, but RFTA can’t lead because it is not on the agenda.
RFTA’s mission statement is as follows:
“RFTA pursues excellence and innovation in providing preferred transportation choices that connect and support vibrant communities.”
We may have to remind RFTA of its mission statement and tell the board when it asks for additional taxes, that “it’s not on the voter’s agenda.” Our vibrant community needs RFTA’s support and additional “preferred” transportation choices both during the bridge shutdown and beyond.
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