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Top Five Transportation Accessibility Barriers in Boulder

Mobility for people of all abilities is a fundamental right. That’s why the City of Boulder is evaluating how well the city’s transportation system complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to determine areas for improvement, from uneven sidewalks to missing curb ramps.

To help create a plan for mobility improvements, staff has gathered feedback from community members with disabilities and those who care for individuals with disabilities. Below are the top five barriers to transportation accessibility in Boulder heard from the community, which you can also view in this infographic.

1. Winter Weather

Winter weather is an isolating condition that limits access to bus stops, recreation centers and other key destinations. In addition, snow and ice create hazardous conditions on sidewalks and multi-use paths.

2. Transit

Narrow or bumpy sidewalks can make it challenging to reach bus stops. Increased access to senior centers and older adult services is needed.

3. Safety

Sharing space with faster modes of transportation such as cars and bikes creates feels unsafe and creates significant stress, which can lead someone with mobility challenges to stay home.

4. Crosswalks

Concerns related to crosswalks include the length of pedestrian signal timing, lack of crosswalk striping in certain areas and driver inattentiveness at crosswalks.

5. Sidewalks

In addition to uneven surfaces, driveway curb cuts and items blocking sidewalks can make it difficult for individuals with mobility challenges to travel.  


This spring, staff will begin charting a course for improving transportation accessibility in these and other areas. They’ll also be sharing more information on the project at What’s Up Boulder on April 30.

Learn more about the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Project for Transportation. Since March is often the Front Range’s snowiest month, consider volunteering for the Snowbusters program to help clear snow and ice from sidewalks for elderly and disabled neighbors.