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METRO NOW
THIS WEEK »
Friday 10.19
• The day in 1987 that
came to be known as “Black
Monday” when the DOW
dropped more than 500
points.

Wednesday 10.24
• The day in 1929 now known
as “Black Thursday” when the
Dow fell, starting the Great
Depression
• The day in 1989 when the
Denver Nuggets became the
first major sports team owned
by an African-American
• The Faculty Senate meets at
3:50 p.m. in Tivoli suite 320
• The Student Government
Assembly Senate meets at
4 p.m. in Tivoli suite 329

THE METROPOLITAN
25 YEARS AGO »
October 20, 1982
Photo by JEREMY PAPASSO/jpapasso@mscd.edu
A bicyclist crosses the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway all count among Denver’s busiest
Metro elections voided, stretches of road. While the name Roadrunners came from Metro’s students having to rush across traffic to get to and from classes, Auraria planners would like to
improve the access to and the safety of several of the intersections around campus.
charges made

Road running for your life
• Election commission
disallowed results because
voting machines were
improperly set up
Renovation to heal Tivoli
steadily, and an increasing number Black said. “All I got was this,” he said hind. These three major streets rank
eyesoar Auraria planners eye of students are choosing not to drive. holding up his cast. He shrugged and with the busiest in Denver County, ex-
• Demolition, interior clean-
up and re-roofing progresses, poorly marked crossings, The parking lots have empty spaces,
and the crosswalks are full.
slowly nodded his head, looking for a
moment into the distance.
cluding the highways, and the Colo-
rado Department of Transportation
completion marked for Spring crowded intersections At the same time, downtown All the while he had kept a hold expects the numbers to steadily rise
1984. Denver is also growing and traffic on his bike with his right hand. with Denver’s growth.
By ANDREW FLOHR-SPENCE
THE NUMBERS GAME »
around the campus is more congest- And somehow, his only injury, Black’s story is an example of the
spencand@mscd.edu
ed than ever. besides a couple of bruises, was a ever-present danger that comes when

8,000 Andrew Black did not see the
Ford Explorer until a second before it
Riding a bicycle or walking is
dangerous business.
slight fracture in the wrist of his
right hand.
crowds of students stampeding over
the crosswalks and a nearly steady
The number of students as slammed into his front wheel – and Approaching the intersection of Because he was crossing against stream of cyclists crossing Speer Bou-
of Oct.15, who have a “hold” then, for a while, he didn’t remember Speer Boulevard at Arapahoe Street, the light, Black was given a reckless levard meet lane after lane of motor-
on their student account what happened. Black looked to his left and did not driving ticket, even though he was ists trying to go another direction.
for failing to turn in their Black had an eight-hour day see any cars coming. On the oppo- “riding” and not “driving.” The ticket According to Joseph Kane’s book,
immunization paperwork, behind him when he unlocked his site street side, parallel his intended could cost him some money and po- Famous First Facts, as cited on the
as estimated by the Auraria bicycle from a rack near the Science crossing, he saw the flashing cross- tentially take points off his driver’s website of the U.S. Department of
Health Center. Building and started pedaling toward walk signal. He hopped off the curb license, but he said he is just glad to Transportation, the first automobile
the edge of campus. to cross. be in one piece. accident ever in the United States hap-

THE MET REPORT » The 26-year-old Metro biology
major said he was tired after spend-
The sport utility vehicle had a
green light coming out of downtown,
If the driver had not seen him at
the last second and slammed on the
pened in 1896 in New York City be-
tween an early automobile and a bike.
This week’s top stories: ing several hours in a chemistry lab. turning south onto Speer Boulevard brakes, things might be very differ- Today, the numbers nationwide
• Ghost Hunters He wanted to get home. where Arapahoe Street comes to a ent, he said. do not compare to the thousands of
• Beer Fest Crossing major intersections on dead end at the campus. More than 28,000 vehicles drove automobile-to-automobile fatalities,
• Voices of Darfur foot or on a bicycle is part of life for The impact threw Black onto the down Speer Boulevard past Lawrence but accidents between automobiles
• Green vehicles Metro students, and Black’s story is hood of the Explorer and into the Street in a 24-hour period when traf- and bicycles resulted in almost 800
• Mixed martial arts package not unique. Darting through traffic vehicle’s windshield, cracking the fic was last measured there in 2001, deaths in 2005, according to the
Check out the student-run TV is the inspiration for the Roadrunner glass. This is probably when he went according to the city and county of DOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting
newscast at: nickname Metro students chose long unconscious, he said. He woke up Denver’s Traffic Count Database. Col- System website.
http://metreport.mscd.edu ago for themselves. But enrollment at moments later on the asphalt. fax Avenue and Auraria Parkway as Pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.
all three Auraria colleges is growing “I feel really lucky not to be dead,” vehicles pass Auraria were not far be- Continued on A4