What do you think — easier to get around town on foot in Denver or L.A.?
RTD is lifting its ban on new neighborhood Eco Passes in January, but Boulder is worried that new communities won’t sign up and that old ones may fall off the alternative transportation band wagon.
Now, 45 neighborhoods are enrolled in the program, which allows every house in the neighborhood to get an Eco Pass and ride most RTD buses for no additional charge,
Despite record participation of about 11,369 people in Boulder — the only municipality aside from single neighborhoods in Louisville and Lafayette to participate in the program’s 16-year history — volunteers are finding that the state of the national economy has hurt people’s willingness to pay for the program.
Andrea Robbins, a transportation planner and spokeswoman for Go Boulder, the city’s alternative transportation program, said the problem is that everyone in an eligible neighborhood receives an Eco Pass even if residents contribute different amounts. Read more
For almost a decade, communities up and down the U.S. 36 corridor from Denver to Boulder have been struggling with what to do about the congested highway — which is only projected to get worse as the local population continues to grow.
Now a compromise has finally been reached, and it includes some big wins for alternative transportation… like a bike path that runs all the way from Boulder to Denver.
Now all the plan needs is some money.
A bus trip down U.S. 36 from Foothills Parkway to Denver’s Union Station would only take 24 minutes if an updated package of proposed improvements is approved, financed and built.
The upgrades to the U.S. 36 corridor — outlined in the project’s newly filed environmental impact statement — would add a “managed lane” along the median in both directions. Buses and high-occupancy vehicles could use the lane for free, and excess capacity could be sold to single drivers who are willing to pay for access. Read more
Bike use is up in Boulder — again.
The number of bikes being ridden downtown has grown 14 percent in the last year and 47 percent since 2007. This has environmentalists, lovers of public transportation and city officials all excited. But there’s just one problem: Where to park all those bikes?
Along with the increase in riders, comes a shortage of legal parking, and the number of bikes locked to things other than designated racks has risen 76 percent since 2007.
“In many areas, the demand for bicycle parking exceeds the supply,” according to a city memo on the findings of the annual bicycle count.
The count found that of the 4,088 bicycles that were tallied during a four-day period in August, the number of bikes left unattended downtown ranged from a low of 825 on a Thursday morning to a high of 1,315 on a Friday evening.
About three-quarters were parked on permanent bicycle racks, while the rest were tied to parking meters, trees, railings or fences. About 6 percent of the bikes were left standing without locks.