The City of Boulder's transportation system supports safe and efficient pedestrian travel. Crosswalks and other types of pedestrian infrastructure can help our community reach our Vision Zero goal of zero deaths, zero serious injuries on our streets.

Pedestrian Crossings Map

Pedestrian Head Start

These signals improve safety and reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions by as much as 60%.

Since 1995, the city has installed over 80 of these signals at crossings. The signal gives people crossing a 3-7 second head start to enter the crosswalk before the light turns green for vehicles. This increases the visibility of people crossing and establishes their right-of-way.

Upcoming crosswalk installations

CMPI Grant Crosswalks

Status: Ongoing

The city received funding from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Community Mobility Planning and Implementation (CMPI) 2019 grant program to construct new crosswalks or make enhancements to existing crosswalks at three locations in 2022.

  • Aurora Avenue and Evans Drive - new crosswalk
  • Colorado Avenue east of 33rd Street - new crosswalk
  • 15th Street and Iris Avenue - enhancement to existing crossing

These three locations were put forward for consideration based on public input, the locations' alignment with the Neighborhood GreenStreets Program, and findings from 30th and Colorado corridor studies.

The designs for the crosswalks are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Construction is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2023.

Explore the tabs below to find details on the crossings and design renderings.

Significant connection: BCSIS/High Peaks schools

Elements include:

  • State Law Yield to Pedestrians signs and crosswalk markings

  • Curb extensions

  • ADA-compliant ramps

  • Extending school zone further east to include the crossing of Aurora/Evans

aurora evans cmpi crossing
aurora evans cmpi crossing

Significant connection: CU Boulder’s East Campus

Elements include:

  • State Law Yield to Pedestrians signs and crosswalk and Yield line markings

  • ADA-compliant ramps

  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) (flashing crosswalk)

  • Connection to multi-use path system and bus stops

33rd and Colorado CMPI crossing
colorado 33rd cmpi crossing
33rd and Colorado CMPI crossing

Significant connection: Boulder County buildings and ballfields, terminus of 13th Street-Neighborhood GreenStreet, and neighborhoods to the north.

Elements include:

  • State Law Yield to Pedestrians signs and crosswalk and Yield line markings (existing)

  • Adding wide curb ramp on the southwest corner of the intersection south of Iris to facilitate bike travel north-south on 15th Street

  • Adding a northbound left turn lane for bicyclists on 15th Street

  • Adding RRFB (flashing crosswalk)

Iris + 15th CMPI Rendering (looking southwest)
Iris + 15th CMPI Rendering (aerial view)

Folsom and Hawthorn

Status: Complete

The city completed crossing improvements to the intersection of Folsom Street and Hawthorn Avenue in April 2022. The improvements are part of the Vision Zero Innovation Program (VZIP) and include adding marked crosswalks and signs. Learn more about the project on the VZIP webpage.

A road with a crosswalk

Report a crosswalk maintenance concern

If urgent and safety-critical

If you would like to report an urgent, safety-critical crosswalk maintenance problem, please call 303-413-7122 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. At any other time, please call dispatch at 303-441-3333.

For non-urgent maintenance concerns or other questions

For non-urgent crosswalk maintenance issues or other questions please submit a request on Inquire Boulder.

Request a new crosswalk

Submit your request using Inquire Boulder

Inquire Boulder - Crosswalks

Here's the process after your Inquire Boulder request:

  1. Staff collects traffic data (if the location has not already recently been evaluated). Timing depends on workload and on waiting for the most appropriate conditions (e.g., for school to be in session and good weather).

  2. Staff assesses the location's conditions based on guidance in the Pedestrian Crossing Treatment Installation Guidelines (PCTIG); if a crossing treatment is warranted, staff then uses PCTIG to determine the appropriate treatment and develop the design and cost estimate.

  3. Staff assesses the benefit-cost ratio based on the number of people crossing, the vehicle volumes, and the estimated cost of improvements and then adds the project to an ongoing prioritized list for construction.

  4. Crossing treatments are implemented as resources allow (budgets, staff time), usually one to two per year if civil design and/or additional funding are needed. For crossing treatments where only signing/markings are needed, improvements are typically installed within weeks.

Pedestrian Crossing Treatment Installation Guidelines

The City of Boulder installs pedestrian crossing treatments according to the Pedestrian Crossing Treatment Installation Guidelines.

This document assists staff with determining where it is appropriate to install pedestrian crossing treatments and what type of treatment to install.