Design for 30th and Colorado Corridors
This spring Community Cycles is working in partnership with Carrie Latimer, an urban planning graduate student at University of Colorado Denver, on a pedestrian and bicycle planning design project for 30th Street. Although served by frequent Bound bus service and existing curb adjacent bike lane, 30thStreet features an auto-centric design and several dangerous intersections. This 30th Street project is developed in tandem with the City of Boulder as the city rethinks the design of both Colorado Avenue and 30th Street for the next year. This project will specifically look at the corridor to identify opportunities and recommend solutions to increase the safety of people walking or biking along and across the corridor and will produce two products; a report synthesizing the goals outlined in the 2014 Boulder Transportation Master Plan and the University of Colorado Transportation Plan and two to three design alternatives for the corridor. Carrie’s report will serve as a thought exercise to help prepare Community Cycles in advance of the City of Boulder’s process of redesigning.
Bus then Bike Stations
Community Cycles worked with the City of Boulder and Boulder County to obtain funding for and build a bike station at 14th & Walnut that will park 180 bikes in an indoor, locked facility. The Bus then Bike Shelters are free and secure ways to store your bike when you commute by bus.
City Ordinance Parking and Bike Rack
Community Cycles gave extensive input to a new city ordinance mandating a much higher amount of bike parking in new developments and mandating more secure racks than existed in the prior ordinance.
Moving Boulder Forward: Vote YES on 2B, 2C, & 2D
The City of Boulder had been experiencing significant gaps in transportation funding, even before the flood of September 2013. Due to these gaps, funding for bike/ped projects would have decreased as the city used all its resources just to meet road maintenance needs. After many years of working hard on this issue, Community Cycles was instrumental in getting City Council to put measures on the ballot to fund bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and transit, for the next 16 years.
To pass the transportation funding (as well as funding for Open Space and general funds for police, fire, and human services), we created a coalition campaign: Moving Boulder Forward: Vote YES on 2B, 2C, & 2D. This campaign was co-chaired by Community Cycles Advocacy Director Sue Prant, Open Space Board of Trustees Chair Allyn Feinberg, and City Council member Suzy Ageton. Along with members of the Transportation Advisory Board, the Boulder Chamber and other concerned citizens, the Moving Boulder Forward committee successfully won passage of this legacy funding, ballot issues 2B, 2C, & 2D.
The Deadly Violet Intersection
Community Cycles met with CDOT officials for a site review of the of US36 and Violet intersection, where two bicycle fatalities had occurred in the previoust three years. The design of the intersection, which is under CDOT jurisdiction, had facilitated motorists being able to make a left turn at a high rate of speed onto Violet because of the wide turn radius. The wide shoulder on the road also disappeared at the intersection, which forced cyclists into the right turn lane or into a hig- speed through lane. According to discussions with CDOT, construction and re-design of this intersection is planned for 2015. That project will re-design the intersection so that Violet meets US36 at a 90-degree angle, eliminating the wide turn radius for motorists making a left onto Violet, and forcing these cars to slow down.
Community Cycles Requests Immediate Mitigation
In the meantime, Community Cycles requested a meeting with CDOT officials at the crash site to look for immediate mitigations steps that can be made to make this intersection safer, while we wait for the 2015 re-design project. City of Boulder Transportation Department and Boulder County Representatives also attended this sight view.
Community Cycles asked for the speed limits be lowered and a bike lane installed through the intersection. We requested the bike lane be painted to make it more obvious. Studies in Portland, OR indicate that cyclists feel 50% safer in colored bike lane,s and indicate that there has been a 20% increase in motorists yielding to cyclists in colored lanes. A Danish study showed colored bike lanes reduce bike-car collisions by 38% and reduced fatalities and serious injuries by 71%.
While it took a fair amount of convincing to have CDOT agree to look into these non-traditional engineering solutions, the City of Boulder engineers were extremely helpful and supportive of the mitigations we requested, and agreed to help CDOT through the application of these roadway improvements.
These improvements have been implemented. No serious crashes have occurred since these improvements have been made. We look forward to the fully re-engineered solution in the next couple of years.