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Transportation

May 22, 2024

Average U.S. Vehicle Age Hits Record 12.6 Years

Cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. keep getting older, hitting a record average age of 12.6 years in 2024 as people hang on to their vehicles largely because new ones cost so much. S&P Global Mobility, which tracks state vehicle registration data nationwide, said Wednesday that the average vehicle age grew about two months [&[...]

May 17, 2024

Bike Shops Boomed Early in the Pandemic, But it’s Been a Bumpy Ride Since

In Boulder, Douglas Emerson’s bike shop, University Bicycles, is faring better than most stores, boosted by its location in one of the most popular places to ride bikes in the country. He’s had the shop for 39 years and employs 30 staffers. Like other bike stores, the pandemic spurred a frenzy of bike buying at [&hel[...]

Dec 11, 2023

How E-Bikes Will Transform the Transportation Economy in Colorado in 2024

All of a sudden, just this year — just the last few months really — everywhere I go I see and hear about electric bikes. E-bikes are the new fad, rolling into popularity as fast as their pedal-assisted electric motors will drive them. Among my circle of friends and acquaintances, they are the hottest new […]

Mar 30, 2023

A Burgeoning Van Life: How Colorado Became a Hotspot for Campervan Enthusiasts

Whether by choice or necessity, traveling, sleeping and even living in vans has become part of the fabric of American life. Social media abounds with stories and photos. An internet search reveals scores of van life sites. Many apps offer advice, camping locations and access to other van lifers. The recreational vehicle industry[...]

Feb 3, 2023

Becoming a Zero-Emissions State — How Alternative Fuels Are Transforming Transportation in Colorado

Gone are the days of gas-burning vehicles. We’re officially in an energy renaissance with a firm trajectory toward clean energy consumption in our transportation methods. There’s a strong push for everything run on gasoline to be phased out. We’re now seeing the great transformation that the state of Colorado has been yea[...]

Jan 19, 2023

Tapping the Brakes on the Californication of Colorado transportation

Almost a decade ago, David Lewis wrote for Colorado-Biz that Colorado was “a natural-gas leader,” while European-based energy organizations crowed about the “Golden Age of Gas.” Natural gas-powered vehicles were the green-fad de jour in 2013. Many then, and to some extent now, can recall city buses and fleet vehicles wit[...]

Jan 16, 2023

The Colorado General Assembly Is Open for Business — What Should Employers Expect in the 2023 Legislative Session?

After a turbulent election cycle that saw many pundits predict that the GOP would gain ground in both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly (or even possibly retake the state Senate), Democrats cemented their dominance of the state legislature with resounding wins in November. With Democrats earning a 23-12 seat advantage in[...]

Jan 13, 2023

Made in Colorado 2023 — 10 Stories Behind the Colorado Craft

These businesses have at least one thing in common: They all make products in Colorado. There are some subsets with other commonalities. Two, coincidentally, were born in garages in Windsor. Three others have new ownership since 2020. After that, it’s all over the map. One is sending cutting-edge technology to space. Another m[...]

Oct 17, 2022

Denver International Airport (DIA) is now the Third-busiest Airport in the World

At times overshadowed by conspiracy theories and punchlines about the since-scrapped automated baggage system, Denver International Airport hit an inarguable zenith during the pandemic, jumping from the 16th-busiest airport worldwide in terms of total passengers in 2019 to the eighth-busiest in 2020.  In 2021, the ascent contin[...]

Jun 21, 2022

The Future of Shared Streets

At the start of the pandemic, many cities across the nation implemented temporary road closures to make more space for pedestrians. Complying with the initial six-foot physical distancing requirements, this move allowed restaurants to expand onto sidewalks, parking spaces and streets so that communities could safely come togethe[...]

Apr 20, 2022

Electrification: is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Amidst a 40-year high in inflation, a housing affordability crisis, and volatile gas prices, Colorado lawmakers are doubling down on their aggressive environmental policies. In support of HB19-1261, which included greenhouse gas emission reduction targets 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050 from 2005 baseline levels, last [...]

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Apr 6, 2022

Global Supply Chain Affects Commercial Real Estate

To understand the world’s supply chain woes, consider sneakers. In September 2021, Nike reported that the time it takes to ship a pair of sneakers from Asia to the United States has doubled from 40 to 80 days. Shipping costs, meanwhile, have more than quadrupled in the past year, according to global digital shipping Group, [&h[...]