DU Bicycle Friendliness Resolution 2012

Bicycle Friendliness Resolution: Passed

DU Bicycle Friendliness Resolution

DU Bicycle Friendliness Resolution

Good news for Bicyclists and Pedestrians in the DU Area – the University of Denver Sustainability Council supports your transportation habits.

This morning, during the University Sustainability Council’s May 2012 meeting, the DU Transit Committee presented a Bicycle Friendliness Resolution.  The resolution states the following:

The University of Denver is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 24% before the year 2020, with the ultimate goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.1  A recent assessment concluded that approximately 12% of the university’s carbon footprint resulted from vehicular emissions of students, faculty, and staff members commuting to and from campus.  In the same time period, DU bicycle and pedestrian commuters contributed to 0% of the university’s carbon footprint.2  In the effort to further reduce DU’s carbon footprint, the University Sustainability Council wishes to engage the campus community and the general public in an effort to support a safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure surrounding campus.  To this end, the University accepts the recommendations of  the Bicycle Friendly Universities report3 published in the Spring of 2012 by Transportation Solutions,4 and will actively work toward achieving the goals stated therein, with specific emphasis on the following points:

● Ensure community access to safe bicycle and pedestrian paths to and from campus, and supply sufficient bicycle parking for campus commuters.

● Aim to satisfy the Bicycle Friendly University standards, as described by the League of American Bicyclists.5

● Promote community awareness of bicycle and pedestrian traffic laws, campus security protocol, bicycle policy enforcement, and general commuter safety.

● Utilize local publications, campus events, student orientation week, social media, and other venues to implement innovative outreach campaigns.

● Maintain working relationships with the City of Denver, local organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to accelerate the city’s existing bicycle and pedestrian network improvement plans6 in the DU Vicinity.

● Work with DU faculty, staff, and students to promote teaching and learning of transportation sustainability, both in the university’s curriculum and in extracurricular campus activities.

The resolution aims to officially express DU’s support for the recommendations outlined in the recent report, Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Around Campus: Comparing Bicycle Friendly University Standards to the University of Denver.

After a lively discussion on transportation infrastructure in the DU area, the University Sustainability council unanimously passed the resolution.  You can read the resolution in full here.

The Road Ahead 2012

“The Road Ahead 2012: Connecting Livable Communities”
Videography by Ethan Crawford, RockyMedia


Ignite Denver 10

Ignite Denver 10 OFF THE WAGON - September 27, 2011
Hosted as part of the Great American Beer Series, in partner with Denver Off the Wagon and the 2011 Great American Beer Festival
Sherman Street Event Center, Denver, Colorado
Videography and Broadcasting by Ethan Crawford

Careful what you wish for

For the past several years I’ve been wishing for the return of old-school colorado summers, when the monsoons would sweep through each afternoon, cooling & cleansing the city and offering a sweet drink for my gardens.  Yet Each year Denver seems to get more and more dry, with less snow in the winters and less rain in the summers.

But this July has been different, bringing epic rains and breaking a few records.  Thus it appears that my longtime wish was granted, at least temporarily.  Our dry state is currently getting pounded with daily thunderstorms, bringing rain in amounts up to 3.5 inches of rain in as little as 90 minutes.

And two days ago, as I was celebrating my kickball team’s season finale with a sangria, I became stranded at Pasquini’s Uptown as a rainstorm brought walls of water into the area.  Unfortunately I drove that night (I never drive, my bike is my transport here).  But this time my car was parked directly out front, and as you’ll see from the video below, 17th Avenue was no place for a little car that night (even one with a big attitude).  The video hardly shows the reality – as it’s too dark, and too early in the storm to show exactly how high waters rose on July 12th.  There were trucks driving down the street, creating wakes like I’ve seen coming from double 200HP outboard boat engines.  My poor little subaru was flooded inside and out, and my insurance company tells me it’s probably beyond repair.

So, moral of the story: be careful what you wish for.  Epic rainstorms bring flooded engines and glove compartments.

Still, I say “bring it!” Colorado, I’m not backing down from this fight.  I will take any rainstorm you can deliver.

Ignite Denver 9

Ignite Denver 9 - June 21st, 2011
Oriental Theater, Denver, Colorado

Videography & Broadcasting by Ethan Crawford

Ignite Denver 8

Ignite Denver 8 – March 22, 2011
Oriental Theater Denver Colorado
Videography & Broadcasting by Ethan Crawford

Sankofa: Spirituals Project Performance

Sankofa, a cappella ensemble, part of the Spirituals Project

Recorded by Ethan Crawford, February 18, 2011

The Spirituals Project is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the music and teachings of the sacred songs called “spirituals,” created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through its diverse program of concerts, lectures and workshops, The Spirituals Project seeks to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred songs called spirituals, which were created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. (more…)

Ignite Denver 7

Ignite Denver 7 – July 27, 2010
Oriental Theater, Denver, Colorado

Videography & Broadcasting by Ethan Crawford


Ignite Denver 6

Ignite Denver 6 – March 2, 2010
Rackhouse Pub, Denver, Colorado

Videography and Broadcasting by Ethan Crawford


Live Video Test

Tomorrow is Ignite Denver 6! Are you going? You can be there in person at the Rackhouse Pub, or you can just wear your jammy pants and watch it from home. Because I’ve gone to the effort to send it right to you, wherever you may be.

Why & How I Built an Auto Retweet

Last month I setup an auto retweet, so that every tweet from @ignitedenver would be immediately reposted by @ethang (my personal twitter account). If that doesn’t make sense to you, you should start with a twitter primer, or learn about 17 Ways You Can Use Twitter first.

2010 and other great things

Greetings to you all. I’m Ethan Crawford, a khaki-wearing, half-introverted hominid by weekday, and a simple (albeit curious and social) gentleman by evening/weekend. I have a variety of documentarian persuasions, ranging from playful experiments in the the arts (such as photography, videography, sketching, and singing), to more formal attempts at research and truth-seeking (mostly focused on global informational cultures). I figure it’s better in the long run if all of my ramblings and results live freely out there in the information-ether, rather than staying stacked up and locked away in piles of paper, hard drives, and neurons within the boundaries of my little city plot.  This website is an attempt to put all my stuff out into the open web.  I hope that you can find something useful here, because frankly most of it is somewhat foreign and peculiar to me. Enjoy!


Ethan Crawford


Welcome to ethancrawford.com, we are hard at work building this space. Please stay tuned for further information.

-the management

UNESCO Forum on Open Education Resources

The UNESCO Virtual University has generated a lot of activity with their Forum on Open Course Content. The online discussion was held from October 24 to December 2, 2005, and brought together a diverse group of individuals from 90 countries. In February 2006, the event’s final report was released (attached). An email list was recently established in hopes of producing a collaborative research project on OER. Today the organization released a research agenda (attached) to further explore the topic. They are ecouraging wide participation in the effort to define and expand the structure of Open Educational Resources. (more…)