By a vote of 7-2, the Boulder City Council decided to right-size three of the four proposed streets, Folsom, Iris, and 63rd which will add protected bike lanes to these corridors. You can read more about the details in the Daily Camera: “Boulder ‘right-sizing’ bike-lane project moves forward on 3 of 4 streets.”
Your signatures, your emails, and attending the council meeting on Monday were all key to our success. We ended up with over 1,300 signatures (1,000+ online). We’d like to particularly thank People for Bikes, who sent in a terrific letter and helped spread the word for our petition, as well as the The League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle Colorado, Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Boulder Transportation Connections, Boulder B-cycle, Boulder Cycle Sport, and 303Cycling.com.
At the council meeting, breaking down the speakers by gender as 41 men, 28 women, and one 6-year-old girl. 48 spoke in support of rightsizing, with 22 opposed. We made a big impact on the conversation!
Next Phases of the Project
Installation on the approved corridors will begin in July, starting with Folsom and Iris, with 63rd following shortly afterward. The first report from city staff to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and City Council will be in September, with on-going updates thereafter for the 12-18 month project lifespan. Check Boulder Living Laboratory or follow Community Cycles on Twitter for more updates!
How to Stay Involved
A critical part of the success of Living Labs is to bike (or drive) on these corridors and give feedback for how they work. Positive support and constructive criticism to the city council (firstname.lastname@example.org) and TAB (TAB@bouldercolorado.gov) is key for making sure these projects succeed!
Community Cycles will also stay involved in the project, leading riders on the corridors and soliciting feedback. Stay tuned!
Thanking Council and Staff
Boulder Transportation Staff and City Council have worked hard to launch this project; here’s your opportunity to send them a note of thanks!
Michael Gardner-Sweeney, Acting Director of Public Works for Transportation – SweeneyM@bouldercolorado.gov
Kathleen Bracke, GO Boulder Manager – BrackeK@bouldercolorado.gov
Dave (DK) Kemp, Senior Transportation Planner – KempD@bouldercolorado.gov
Marni Ratzel, Senior Transportation Planner – RatzelM@bouldercolorado.gov
Bill Cowern, Transportation Operations Engineer – CowernB@bouldercolorado.gov
Shannon Young, Transportation Engineer – YoungS@bouldercolorado.gov
City Council members voting in favor of the project:
Macon Cowles – email@example.com
Zan Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Morzel – email@example.com
Tim Plass – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Shoemaker – email@example.com
Sam Weaver – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Young – email@example.com