Transportation Use Measurements

The City of Boulder's transportation staff regularly collects data to monitor the effectiveness of its efforts to provide the community with a variety of safe and efficient transportation options.

Interactive Transportation System Maps

Vision Zero

Vision Zero is the Boulder community's goal to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero. The program uses a data-driven approach to increasing the safety of Boulder's streets.

Transportation Report on Progress

The Transportation Report on Progress is updated every two years and measures the City of Boulder’s progress toward achieving the goals of the Transportation Master Plan. It serves as a report card that shows where the city has made progress and in what areas we can make improvements.

Drive Time Studies

A drive time study measuring the time it takes to get across the City of Boulder during peak traffic hours has been performed every year since 1986. The purpose of these annual studies is to determine how congestion on the major arteries in Boulder is changing over time. For the tests, drivers equipped with hand-held GPS devices and computers with special software travel through the corridors during peak hours, which are 7:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

Modal Shift Report/Travel Diary Survey

The Modal Shift Report documents the results of the bi or tri-annual travel diary survey administered by the Audit and Evaluation Division of the city. This survey has been conducted since 1990 and asks representatives from more than a thousand households in the Boulder Valley to track all their trips greater than two blocks in length for a 24-hour period.

This report tracks changes in the number of trips, trip type and characteristics, and mode of travel used over the years for Boulder Valley residents. Trip characteristics are also compared to regional and national data and are reported by standard demographic characteristics such as age, sex, student, owner/renter, type of housing unit, income, and car, bike and Eco Pass availability.

Boulder Valley Employee Survey

The Boulder Valley Employee Survey (BVES) is a biennial survey of employees who work within the Boulder Valley. The BVES was designed to tap an important dimension of travel behavior within Boulder, that of employees who work in Boulder, but may not necessarily live here. The first survey of Boulder Valley employees’ transportation habits was conducted in the summer of 1991.

This report tracks changes in the number of trips, trip type and characteristics, and mode of travel used over the years for Boulder Valley employees. Trip characteristics are also compared to regional and national data and are reported by standard demographic characteristics such as age, sex, owner/renter, income, distance from work, city of residence, job requirements, and car, bike and Eco Pass availability.