October 31, 2013
Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer
The single biggest obstacle to recruiting tech workers to Denver is its lack of good bike lanes, the head of the city's downtown business association said this month.
That's why her organization, the Downtown Denver Partnership, is taking the lead to create a "comprehensive protected bike lane plan" for the central city.
Here's the passage from DDP President Tami Door's interview with the Denver Business Journal's Bill Husted (emphases mine):
Door (who in the same interview mentions that one of her favorite authors is Ayn Rand) is the latest person to make this discovery at the local level. We've previously heard it from the mayors of Seattle and Chicago, CEOs in Portland and a commercial office building manager in D.C.
There also seems to be an amusing generational clash here between the 60ish Husted, a former newspaper columnist who seems certain that downtown Denver's biggest economic problem is its mile-long pedestrian mall, and Door, 47, who sees a hunger for more human-friendly spaces, not fewer. In cities where digitally driven office work or the tech sector are important to driving job growth, more business leaders seem to agree that comfortable bike access is quickly advancing from "amenity" to "necessity."