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Boulder calls for smaller cars to make city more livable

BOULDER – The City Council has created an ad hoc committee to encourage residents to use smaller cars.”We’re constantly hearing the struggles of downtown to supply enough parking spaces. If you have smaller cars, you don’t take up as much space,” said Councilman Shaun McGrath, a proponent of smaller vehicles.Smaller cars also pollute less, supporters say.Some members of the city’s planning figure focusing on smaller cars could turn attention away from alternative transportation.Although a third of all trips in Boulder are via bikes, buses or other forms of transit, 70 percent still rely on automobiles. “We shouldn’t turn a blind eye toward reality,” said McGrath.One suggestion is to making parking spaces smaller to force people away from SUVS.Mitchell Magdovitz, who works for an alternative transit company, said people should be encouraged to use electric vehicles. He said it won’t be easy as long as they face the prospect of confronting a 5,000-pound SUV.The solution is to create separate lanes for small cars, said Magdovitz.”I think it is a great step forward. As forward-thinking as the population is, and as active as the population is in supporting progressive endeavors, Boulder is poised to be at the very forefront of transit development” said Magdovitz.McGrath said there are many other possibilities, including stationing “zip cars” around the city. For $8 an hour program members could use the cars to get around in the city.


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