Denver bike program not all it seems, says rival of Hickenlooper

GOP candidate Maes blasts initiative backed by Dems' governor candidate

The source of a bicycle-sharing program advocated by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is about more than bicycles, one of the Republican candidates for governor said.

Denver’s B-cycle program is a spinoff program of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an organization Denver joined in 1992.

As such, the program is not as innocuous as it might seem, Republican candidate Dan Maes said in comments reported Wednesday by The Denver Post.

“By anyone’s measure, it’s a pretty extreme environmental organization,” Maes spokesman Nate Strauch said.

Maes criticized the B-Cycle program at a rally. Participants in the program pay daily or monthly fees to use any of about 400 bicycles parked at stations around the city.

On its website, http://www.iclei.org, the organization says its “basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.”

Among its international goals are those set by the United Nations framework conventions on climate change and biodiversity, goals that often attract the suspicion of conservatives wary of overreaching by the United Nations.

Maes, an Evergreen businessman and tea-party favorite, is in a primary race with former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis for the Republican nomination for governor.

Hickenlooper, who is unchallenged on the Democrat side, is the strongest contender for the job, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters in Colorado conducted Monday.

The survey found Hickenlooper with 43 percent support against McInnis, who attracted 25 percent of respondents. Against Maes, Hickenlooper leads 42 percent to 27 percent.

Tom Tancredo, a former Republican and now the American Constitution Party candidate, was supported by 24 percent of respondents in races involving either McInnis or Maes.

The survey of 750 respondents has a 4 percent margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.


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