Transportation is changing across the United States, and especially in Colorado. Generations-long trends have changed in just the past few years, and many believe we are entering a new era of transport. For example, the U.S. auto industry sold a little over 3.4 million cars in 2020, and the total car and truck sales landed between 14 and 15 million in that year. This sounds like a lot, but it’s a significant decline from 2019 numbers, which landed at around 17 million car and truck sales. At the same time, public transportation monthly ridership dropped by 65 percent.
Instead of public transit and independent car ownership, Americans are increasingly relying on alternative modes of transportation, like electric bikes, whose sales grew 145% from 2019 to 2020. Coloradans are on the move now more than ever, but we’re increasingly seeking out different modes of transit – and different ways of paying for and funding that transportation.
Let’s Go Colorado was created to support Colorado Proposition 110, which aimed to change the way we fund transportation in the Centennial State. Specifically, a “yes” vote supported an initiative to authorize $6 billion in bonds to fund transportation projects. While it was defeated in 2018, it sparked some important conversation about how transportation works in Colorado. Namely, many Coloradans are now in support of sales tax increases to fund more reliable and sustainable transportation ventures in the state.
We want to continue the legacy of transforming how Coloradans think about transportation. Whether by car, truck, bike, or foot, the ways in which we move around and navigate this state are changing. Check back here for updates on other transportation-related ballot initiatives, transportation trends, and transport innovations happening in our beautiful state. And, if you have any transportation stories, trends, or ideas of your own, shoot us a message. We’re all ears.