In August this yr an area radio station, 850 KOA, performed the “Bumper2Bumper” survey that requested Colorado tax payers about what they thought of their each day commutes. The survey coated all elements of driving:
Time spent in site visitors
Quantity of miles commuted each day
Telephone use whereas driving
Substance use whereas driving
And naturally… Public transit
I determine irrespective of the place you reside, there’ll at all times be complaints about getting round city. Californians actually dread driving by LA site visitors! I can not let you know what number of instances my mates who drive speak about how folks do not know the right way to drive within the snow. Each arguments make me sigh in reduction, I haven’t got to place up with that crap.
There have been three elements of the survey the place folks overwhelming agreed with each other. The primary being about driving as much as the mountains. In response to 850 KOA, “84% say they’ve avoiding utilizing I-70 within the mountains on weekends due to site visitors points.” 84% is big! One other whopping quantity stated that the roads wanted somewhat tender love and care. The winter positive beats up the roads which does not make it any simpler to get someplace enjoyable, just like the mountains.
After I moved right here from California I hoped to do a variety of snowboarding. Each winter up till I moved right here my household and I might go as much as Huge Bear, generally Mammoth, to have a enjoyable day of snowboarding. We at all times went to the mountains as a household, so not having the ability to drive wasn’t ever a problem. The gorgeous mountains right here in Colorado was a primary motivation for me to select CU Boulder for school. I figured I might meet loads of individuals who loved snowboarding and I might get to go snowboarding each weekend.
The dorm I lived in freshman yr was filled with introverts similar to me. After a month into faculty, the ladies on my ground lastly cracked open their doorways and I bought to know a few of them. No one skied or was occupied with studying the right way to. I made a decision to enterprise out and discover a group of people that can be occupied with going to the mountains for a enjoyable day of snowboarding. I did discover a number of folks, however there have been some sturdy arguments for not going as much as the mountains each weekend.
To begin with, it’s freshman yr! No one has a automotive on campus! With a view to rise up to the place the great snow is, you want one. Secondly, after I did lastly meet individuals who preferred to go as much as the mountains, they preferred to skip faculty on Friday to beat the site visitors up there. I used to be Miss Goodie Two Footwear and by no means needed to overlook class, so I missed my journey up there.
I used to be fairly bummed out about all of that. The site visitors to rise up to Huge Bear was a ache too, so I may see the reasoning behind complaining about i70. It appeared like should you make the journey up there, you thoughts as properly make it a weekend and discover someplace to remain. Broke faculty children cannot actually afford a cabin for the weekend. I got here to the belief that attending to the mountains for a day was more durable than I had anticipated earlier than transferring to Colorado.
Talking of lacking out on a journey as much as the mountains, the survey additionally stated, “site visitors is affecting our Colorado high quality of life: 44% say they missed an essential occasion due to site visitors.” Snowboarding is not as essential as a enterprise assembly or catching a flight out of DIA, nonetheless it’s one thing that I get pleasure from. Sadly, my help circle who helps me out with rides needs nothing to do with i70 on the weekends throughout ski season. Even in the summertime, the site visitors might be dangerous with weekend campers.
If skiers and boarders do not need to cope with i70, RTD has a bus that goes to Eldora, an area resort 20 miles from Boulder. However there’s actually simply that one bus that leaves solely from downtown Boulder. Eldora is a superb mountain, I went to there on a ski journey with the Alumni Affiliation. Nevertheless, it is rather a lot the identical as Huge Bear. There aren’t any native RTD bus routes to get to the massive resorts; Breckenridge, Aspen, Arapahoe Basin, and so forth…
There’s a non-public shuttle firm, Colorado Mountain Specific, that may get you as much as these main resorts. The shuttle picks up at DIA, the conference heart downtown, or half method up the mountain on i70 on the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Experience. Rides to those resorts can price anyplace between $39-$49. However get this! In response to the survey, “82% stated they by no means use public transit. Simply over 3% stated they used transit as soon as every week or extra. Greater than 2% used transit day by day.”
So there you have got it, Colorado is filled with complainers! Simply kidding. If we’re working collectively to create much less site visitors, much less air pollution and higher roads, public transportation wants somewhat face elevate. Relatively than personally battle the i70 site visitors from a automotive, catching an accommodating bus as much as the mountains would positively encourage extra folks to make use of i70, Getting up early and spending all day snowboarding exhausting! From at all times being the passenger and by no means the motive force, I have to say it feels fairly good to take somewhat cat nap on the journey again house.
I assume the purpose I’m making an attempt to make comes again to the outdated saying, “You’ll be able to’t at all times have your cake and eat it too.” Having a automotive is way simpler than coping with determining bus routes. Nevertheless it may very well be the identical purpose chances are you’ll miss an occasion or select to overlook an occasion due to site visitors and poor highway circumstances. The bus is offered, the survey simply confirmed that no one makes use of it.