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Accessible Boulder: ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan for Transportation

Accessible Boulder: ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan for Transportation

News Update: CDOT enhancing ADA ramps January - May 2020

From January to May 2020, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be enhancing ADA ramps at 97 different locations in Boulder on SH 119, CO 7, CO 93, CO 157 and US 36. 

The enhancements are part of a statewide, $1.1 million project to improve the ADA compliance of ramps and create new ramps in areas that do not have them. Check out the project flyer pdf for a complete list of ramp improvements in Boulder. For traffic impact updates in real-time, visit

What Is the Accessible Boulder: ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan?

The Accessible Boulder: ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan is a project to ensure the accessibility of the city's transportation system for all mobility levels.  

View the informational brochure pdf.

The plan includes the development of a two-fold, future-thinking document. The ADA Self-Evaluation portion of the plan assesses how well the city’s transportation system—such as sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals and crossings, and transit stops—complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Self-Evaluation will look at existing policies and programs related to accessibility, engage with the public and inventory our transportation infrastructure to identify barriers and opportunities for improvement.

The ADA Transition portion of the plan will prioritize, plan and draft a schedule to make the improvements identified in the Self-Evaluation.

How Can I Get Involved?

Attend the Date-TBD 2020 Open House to Learn More

City staff is in the process of drafting the ADA Self-Evaluation Plan. Thanks for your valuable input and participation during the ADA Self-Evaluation Barriers Mapping phase.  Sign-up for the ADA Plan email list to keep informed about upcoming events, including the Summer/Fall 2020 Open House (date TBD pending city COVID-19 gathering restrictions). At this community event, project staff will showcase the ADA Self-Evaluation Plan, and speak to the process of developing the ADA Transition Plan.

Learn More: Review the Top Five Transportation Accessibility Barriers in Boulder identified through community feedback.

Let's Meet (Virtually, Too!)

You can also let us know of a related upcoming event your group or organization is hosting, and we would be happy to meet virtually or call-in to talk with you. Email Jenny Godwin, Transportation Planner at  [email protected] .

Community Stories 

We interviewed community members to learn more about their experiences with transportation accessibility in Boulder:

Judy Dixon, National Federation of the Blind member

John Couch, community member

Cory Lasher, EXPAND Program coordinator

Why Is This Needed?

In Boulder, we believe that mobility for people of all abilities is a fundamental right. We strive to provide a transportation system with a variety of safe, accessible and sustainable travel options that connect people with each other and with the places they want to go. This builds a stronger community in which everyone feels a sense of belonging.

The ADA specifically requires public entities with more than 50 employees that have responsibility over streets and sidewalks to conduct a self-evaluation and create a transition plan that identifies the steps needed to bring the pedestrian infrastructure under their authority into compliance.

Additionally, the City of Boulder's 2014 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) supports a transportation system in which a wheelchair user can move safely and conveniently. The TMP Action Plan specifically calls for an ADA Transition Plan and for the convening of a Community Accessibility Coalition to understand and prioritize initiatives that increase mobility for people with disabilities.

What's Next?

ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan timeline graphic

Through 2020, the Accesible Boulder: ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan project team will work to understand:

  • What city policies and practices support an accessible transportation system?
  • What do we, as a community, want for a more accessible transportation system?
  • What transportation infrastructure is in place, what condition is it in and how accessible is it?

Want to Know More?

Sign up for Accessible Boulder email updates to stay current on the project and receive information on ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan engagement opportunities.