Buses, Trains, Bikes, & Electric Automobiles
The world as liberals and globalists see it is full of “smart sustainable cities” that align with the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. They want us to abandon our freedom of mobility to live in cramped concrete cities built to keep us under their thumb. Colorado is on the top of the heap when it comes to putting forth policies to accomplish their utopian nightmare.
Last week, the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, an interim committee that meets several times a year, finalized the five bills the committee will introduce in the 2024 legislative session. The committee is comprised of 20 members with only five from the Republican side of aisle. Only one of the bills will have a Republican co-sponsor on it.
During the committee hearing, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) outlined Colorado’s Transportation Greenhouse Gas Planning Standard. The picture below gives you an idea of how Colorado is trying to force a behavior change on its citizens. Electrifying cars, pushing multimodal transportation, establishing smart land use policies, and defunding highway expansions.
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) also gave a presentation which lays out Colorado’s Electric Vehicle (EV) goals. Notice that they are well on their way to their goal of reaching nearly 100% EV adoption by 2050.
One of the bills coming out of the committee - Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise - will impose on vehicle owners a $30 million dollar yearly tax increase for those living in the 12 largest counties (El Paso, City & County of Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, Larimer, Weld, Boulder, Pueblo, Mesa, and City & County of Broomfield). Senators Cutter and Winter will be spearheading this bill which creates a state enterprise to prevent pedestrian and bicycle collisions with vehicles by imposing an additional registration fee on certain vehicles. Some of the projects to be funded by the taxpayers identified in the bill are 1) separated bike lanes, walkways, and pedestrian refuge islands, 2) physical features to slow traffic such as road diets or self-enforcing roads that encourage drivers to drive the speed limit, 3) crosswalk visibility enhancements, pedestrian hybrid beacons and increased lighting; and 4) speed enforcing safety cameras. It all fits perfectly into annoying drivers enough to keep them off the road and push them into subsidized transit.
A bill (a combination of two drafts: Methods to Increase the Use of Transit and Programs to Reduce Ozone by Increased Transit Use) that will be brought by Senators Jacquez-Lewis and Priola attempts to increase the ridership of mass transit in the name of ozone reduction. It will do two things: give a 30% tax credit for those purchasing transit passes and subsidize young people under 20 years old by allowing them to ride the bus or light rail for free.
The other three bills coming out of this committee will deal with Child Passenger Safety and Education, Railroad Safety Requirements, and Towing Carrier Regulations. Take a look for yourself to the additional regulations the legislature has in store for us in the name of safety.
In addition to these bills coming up in the next legislative session, look for a ballot initiative in the near future to fund a passenger train along the I25 corridor from Pueblo to Fort Collins.
The citizens of Colorado will also want to watch for Governor Polis to introduce a bill in the 2024 legislative session to centralize power over land use throughout the state. Most likely it will be a bill that goes even further than the bill (SB23-213 Land Use) that was rejected last legislative session.
Smart sustainable cities are on there way to Colorado unless the voters wake up and stop electing officials at every level of government who buy into these liberty destroying policies.
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