Online questionnaire open through June 2 will inform future design for second phase of work

BOULDER, Colo. – The City of Boulder invites community input about travel on Baseline Road following the installation of transportation improvements in 2023. Community members can share their experience and what further improvements they want to see during the next project phase via an online questionnaire open through June 2.

Feedback will support the second phase of work for the Baseline Road Transportation Safety Project to make walking, bicycling, taking the bus and driving safer on Baseline Road from 30th Street to Foothills Parkway. Input will inform preliminary design. Later this summer, the city will share the preliminary design for community feedback before advancing to final design.

This second phase of work will include comprehensive infrastructure improvements funded in part by a $3.2 million federal grant, which will support furthering work started in the first phase. Potential design elements will include completing the tall-curb protected bike lanes installed during first-phase work, more and improved crossings for people walking and biking, “floating” bus stops which provide safer separation of bikes and buses stopped at bus stops, protected intersection improvements, improved signal timing for all travelers, and improved visibility, wayfinding and access for all users, particularly at intersections.

The first phase used city funds to begin installing safety improvements before the distribution of federal funds by coordinating work along with scheduled pavement maintenance from 28th Street to Foothills Parkway and on Mohawk Drive from Baseline Road to Pawnee Drive. This included repaving and restriping the roadway, new concrete tall curbs to protect the bike lane at strategic locations, new or widened bike lane buffers, new crosswalks and corner islands, shortened pedestrian and bicycle crossing distances, and green bike lane markings.

This section of Baseline Road is one of the top ten crash locations in the city for people walking and bicycling. It is also one of three corridors prioritized for improvements as part of the city’s Core Arterial Network (CAN). The CAN is Boulder’s connected system of multimodal transportation — taking the bus, driving, biking and walking — improvements along Boulder’s main corridors that will help reduce the potential for severe crashes and make it more comfortable and convenient for people to get where they need to go.

The city is currently asking for feedback for two priority CAN projects: Baseline Road and Iris Avenue. Learn more on the project webpage or the Transportation & Mobility Department monthly newsletter.