[img_assist|nid=186163|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=333|height=219]August 4 — Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes has accused his likely opponent, Democratic Mayor John Hickenlooper, of “converting Denver into a United Nations community” by promoting bike riding and other sustainability issues.
According to Maes, who is a Tea Party favorite, Hickenlooper’s bike plans are “all very well-disguised, but [they] will be exposed.”
Specifically, the plans that Maes is raising the alarm over include the city’s B-Cycle program which makes a network of about 400 red bikes available for rent at locations throughout the city. B-Cycle’s website touts that, “bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive…. With your magic red bike, you don’t have to look for a parking space or bring your own bike with you everywhere you go. Plus, riding a B-cycle is good for you and good for the environment. It’s the newest and best way to get around town.”
However, Maes warns that B-Cycle is “bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms.”
[img_assist|nid=186164|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=250|height=167]Additionally, Maes, who made these comments during a campaign rally and also to the Denver Post, worries about Denver’s membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). The ICLEI, which is an international association of local governments dedicated to sustainable development, has over 600 US communities as members.
Maes, however, says he is not being fooled — “At first, I thought, ‘Gosh, public transportation, what’s wrong with that, and what’s wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes? And what’s wrong with incentives for green cars?’ But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty,” adding “some would argue this document that mayors have signed is contradictory to our own Constitution.”
Responding to Maes’ accusations that Mayor Hickenlooper is leading Denver down a path towards UN rule, a spokesman for the mayor noted that Denver’s membership in ICLEI dates back to 1992, while Mr. Hickenlooper was elected mayor in 2003.
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