Continuously Improving Boulder’s Approach to Multimodal Access and Parking Management

Boulder is a recognized national leader in providing a variety of options for access, parking, and transportation. To support the community’s social, economic, and environmental goals, Boulder acknowledges the need to continuously innovate and prepare for a world that is rapidly changing.

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Curbside Management Program Launch

Beginning late 2021 through early 2023, the city will develop a program for management of the city’s curbside assets, with a specific focus on curbside spaces in the city's three general improvement districts: Boulder Junction Access District (BJAD), Central Area General Improvement District (CAGID), and University Hill General Improvement District (UHGID).

Curbside space is valuable as it provides the most direct access to business and other land uses. Because this space is limited and uses and technologies are changing, the City of Boulder wants to have a consistent, strategic approach to managing the curb.

The city will develop a framework for policies and programs to manage curb space in a way that most effectively meets the needs of all users of the system and achieves the city’s goals. This plan will balance well-established curbside uses like on-street parking, deliveries, transit, and bicycling with new mobility technologies like Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), e-scooters, and dockless bikeshare, while also considering public space uses like parklets and food trucks. This framework will be delivered in the form of a guidebook for the city detailing curbside management policies, types of curbside treatments that address specific issues, and a plan to implement, maintain, operate, evaluate, and potentially monetize a curbside management program.

AMPS Guiding Principles

  • PROVIDE FOR ALL TRANSPORTATION MODES: Support a balance of all modes of access for a safe transportation system. Modes include pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and multiple forms of motorized vehicles—with pedestrians at the center.
  • CUSTOMIZE TOOLS BY AREA: Use a toolbox with a variety of programs, policies, and initiatives customized for the unique needs and character of Boulder’s diverse neighborhoods, both residential and commercial.
  • SUPPORT A DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE: Address the transportation needs of different people at all ages, stages of life, and mobility levels—residents, employees, employers, seniors, business owners, students, and visitors.
  • SEEK SOLUTIONS WITH CO-BENEFITS: Find common ground and address trade offs between community character, economic vitality, and community well-being. Seek 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. Align with Boulder’s master plans, including the updated Transportation Master Plan, the Climate Commitment and Sustainability Framework.
  • CULTIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Be open to collaboration and public private partnerships to achieve desired outcomes.

AMPS Focus Areas

District Management

  • 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

  • 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 (TDM)

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

Technology and Innovation

  • Assess parking garage access equipment and internal systems used for permitting and reporting
  • Ensure systems are compatible and can “talk” to one another to streamline processes and create efficiencies
  • Explore customer-focused technology to make parking more convenient, lessen unnecessary driving, promote mobility as a service (i.e., Transportation Network Companies )
  • Provide integrated access to multimodal options. Prepare for autonomous vehicles, in both policy and physical infrastructure

Code Requirements

  • 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

  • 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
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