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Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS)


Upcoming Council Study Session Thursday Nov. 12, 2015 - Memo pdf.

Current Topics:


As part of AMPS, the City of Boulder has conducted research on carsharing best practices regionally, nationally and internationally. The goal is to develop a Car Share Policy that will guide staff as they work with car share companies who currently operate in Boulder or wish to do so in the future.

  • Boulder Car Share (now eGo ) started in Colorado as a non-profit in 1998 and is currently operating in Boulder.
  • Both ZipCar and Car2Go have expressed interest in the Boulder market.

Benefits of a Car Share Model:

  • Allows car use without car ownership
    • Research shows carsharing members reduce average vehicle ownership from 0.47 to 0.24 vehicles per household. (Smart Mobility)
  • Can work with other modes of transportation to minimize motor vehicle trip making
    • San Francisco City CarShare reported members driving an average of 47% less after joining. 
  • Can minimize traffic and parking impacts
    • Denver program reduced parking demand by 4% a week and reduced miles traveled by 1/3 of members who joined the program.

Parking Code Changes and Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

The Transportation/GO Boulder Division is working collaboratively with the Community Planning and Sustainability (CP&S) Department to update regulations for new development and revise parts of the parking code.

Specifically, City staff is working on the following focus areas:

- Updated off-street parking requirements for new development. These would consider the increased use of transit and bikes in Boulder and the higher number of parking reductions developments have requested in recent years. Best practices from other communities include, but are not limited to:

  • parking maximums ,
  • revised parking minimums
  • shared parking between private lots, 
  • and automatic parking reductions for uses along transit corridors and other special circumstances; and, 

- Modification to the city’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan requirements for new development. The purpose of the TDM plan is to mitigate the transportation impacts of new developments by providing programs, amenities and services to employees and residents to encourage alternative modes of transportation (e.g., transit use, bike use etc.).

These two focus areas are part of the City’s continuing analysis of potential changes to the Land Use Code relative to the off-street parking standards and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan requirements as part of the Access Management and Parking Strategy (AMPS).


Materials for Sept. 21, 2015 Joint Board Meeting:

What would make it easier for you to access your favorite places in Boulder?

AMPS Focus Areas

District Managment

District Management pdf  

  • Analysis of “edge” parking options in coordination with other mobility options
  • Explore  shared parking options with public private partnerships
  • Develop criteria to pilot new multi-modal districts in the East Arapaho and North Boulder areas

On- and Off-Street Parking

On- and Off-Street Parking pdf

  • Reassess Boulder’s 72-hour on-street parking limitation (Abandoned Vehicle)
  • Evaluate the cost associated with managing and providing on street parking for residents as part of the Neighborhood Parking Program.
  • Curbside space management – use of curbside space in parking districts, as well as the rest of the City

Transportation Demand Management

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) pdf

  • Trip Reduction Toolkit for Existing Commercial Development
  • Investigating Bundled First & Final Mile Corporate Memberships
  • Exploring Parking Cash-out Programs for CAGID Employers


Technology pdf

  • Reassess Boulder’s 72 hour on street parking limitation (Abandoned Vehicle)
  • Evaluate the cost associated with managing and providing on street parking for residents as part of the Neighborhood Parking Program.
  • Curbside space management – use of curbside space in parking districts, as well as the rest of the City

Code Changes

Code Changes pdf

  • Evaluate current parking requirements (e.g. parking minimum and maximums)
  • Explore automatic parking reductions for projects that meet desired city policy outcomes
  • Evaluate the expansion shared, unbundled, managed, and paid (SUMP) parking policies in new districts or as potential overlays

Parking Pricing

Parking Pricing pdf 

  • Pilot the Boulder Junction parking garage management structure with multiple users
  • Explore parking pricing modifications to the existing pricing structure including garage back loaded fees
  • Evaluate graduated fines for overtime at meters, time zones and NPP zones and other parking fine increases
  • Begin city employee parking pricing conversation
  • Evaluate parking pricing options including variable and performance based rates

Focus Area Summaries from the April 29, 2015 Open House pdf

Guiding Principles

Provide for All Transportation Modes

Support a balance of all modes of access in our transportation system:  pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and multiple forms of motorized vehicles—with the pedestrian at the center.

Support a Diversity of People

Address the transportation needs of different people at all ages and stages of life and with different levels of mobility – residents, employees, employers, seniors, business owners, students and visitors. 

Customize Tools by Area

Use of a toolbox with a variety of programs, policies, and initiatives customized for the unique needs and character of the city’s diverse neighborhoods both residential and commercial.

Seek Solutions with Co-benefits

Find common ground and address tradeoffs between community character, economic vitality, and community well-being with elegant solutions—those that achieve multiple objectives and have co-benefits.

Plan for the Present and Future

While focusing on today’s needs, develop solutions that address future demographic, economic, travel, and community design needs. 

Support a Diversity of People

Be open to collaboration and public and private partnerships to achieve desired outcomes.

2014 Major Accomplishments

  • Completion of an AMPS Best Practices and Peer City document
  • Short-term auto and bike parking code changes completed
  • Development of a Request for Proposal for the replacement of the downtown garage access equipment
  • Travel Demand Management (TDM) Tool Kit for private development options developed and reviewed
  • Pilot Parklet installed on University Hill May through October
  • Solar-powered EV charging stations installed at Broadway and Spruce
  • Pay by cell implementation in all parking districts
  • Variable messaging signage installed in the downtown garages


Sign Up for AMPS Emails

Name Title Phone
Jay Sugnet AMPS Project Manager 303-441-4057
Molly Winter Director, Downtown & University Hill Management Division & Parking Services 303-413-7317
Kathleen Bracke GO Boulder Manager, Transportation Division 303-441-4155
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