January 5, 2015

The Worst Newspaper Story of all Time

Bold, provocative headline, huh? You think I cannot back it up. But you have not read Denver metro drivers continue to turn away from cars in the Denver Post. To say the data supporting the headline's thesis is thinly sourced would be generous to the thin.

There is a reference to a reduction in miles driven over the 2006-2011 time frame. If those dates don't make you peckish for cherry pie, know that the supporting data set is supplied by COPrig, a far-left environmental interest group in Colorado. They could produce a study supporting their position without cherry-picking recessionary cycles.

The beauty of the piece is that it is a COPirg press release. Car sales are up! National miles driven are up! But none of this, whatcha-call, data matters because some activists at COPirg disagree. They say the new age is upon us and we're all going to follow the millennials (who presumably cannot afford cars in the Obama-Pelosi-Reid economy) and avoid the foul smelling personal automobile. And use bicycle-sharing services like Denver B-Cycle -- the story gives five paragraphs to Rick Plenge, a 39-year-old transportation engineer who uses bike sharing to get to his downtown job. He and his wife might sell one of their two cars someday, when the light rail goes to the airport (like Dave Berry, I assume you think I am making this up -- I am not).

How bad is the article on a liberty/freedom axis? The bureaucrats at C-DOT are the heroes! (Still not making this up.)

But planners say growth patterns fuel the need for more pavement in Denver. I-70 in northeast Denver handles traffic for several rapidly expanding areas including downtown Denver -- which will add more than 21,000 new housing units and 47,000 new jobs by 2020 -- and DIA -- which is expected to add 13,500 jobs by 2030.

The I-70 project and the ongoing expansion of U.S. 36 between Boulder and Denver are being built to accommodate alternative forms of transit, including bus and carpools and even a bike lane on U.S. 36.

"We want to offer people choices on how they commute," said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Amy Ford. "People will be able to take buses or carpool if they choose."

C-DOT -- Hayekian heroes! I'm going back to bed.

(I will add this to the Rant category for its intemperate punctuation. Apologies to all who were offended.)

UPDATE I: Corrected COPrig to COPirg (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) -- thanks, Refugee!

UPDATE II: I have to give the Post some props for "A man proved his innocence in a Denver court by dropping his pants to prove he did not have the wanted man's Scooby Doo tattoo."

Media and Blogging Rant The World According to DP Posted by John Kranz at January 5, 2015 11:47 AM

They'll soon take to calling it an "all of the above" transportation policy. But of course, private automobiles will not be "listed above."

Posted by: johngalt at January 5, 2015 2:49 PM

Typo correction: CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group) rather than COPrig. -Ed.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at January 5, 2015 6:13 PM

Corrected -- thnaks!

Posted by: jk at January 5, 2015 6:30 PM

No no... they really are prigs.

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