Complete Transportation System
What Does the TMP Say About a Complete Transportation System?
The Transportation Master Plan establishes that "The city’s transportation system will be based on complete streets, including completed networks for each mode, making safe and convenient connections between modes, providing seamless connections between the city and county systems and promoting access and placemaking for adjacent land uses and activities." Many of the policies included in the TMP work to support a Complete Transportation System.
Complete Streets work to accommodate the safe use by all modes of transportation when planning, designing, and building facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and vehicle drivers.
Using this framework, the Transportation Division plans for these modes of travel at several different scales.
Complete Streets: Citywide Planning
Vision Zero is the Boulder community's goal to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero. At its core, this goal is inspired by the belief that traffic collisions are preventable, and even one fatality is too many. Learn more about the Vision Zero strategy and what you can do to help reach this goal. Together, we can make Boulder's streets safer.
Boulder's local transit network has become a national model. The city is particularly well known for its branded buses, known as the Community Transit Network or CTN, and for regional collaborations that have created services such as the Flatiron Flyer, and the FLEX.
In 2014, Boulder completed the Renewed Vision for Transit as a recommendation of the 2014 Transportation Master Plan.
To learn about current plans and projects in transit, please visit the Transit Planning page.
Bike & Pedestrian Planning
The city is committed to increasing walking and biking while reducing car usage.
As our community has grown, so has use of the city’s extensive bicycle and pedestrian network.
Boulder bikes at 20 times the national average, and walk three times more than the national average.
Thousands of people use Boulder’s sidewalks, multi-use paths, streets, and trails everyday to exercise, shop or travel to school or work. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes Boulder, with its robust bicycle network, as a leading “Platinum” level bicycling community.
Today, Boulder has 159 center-line miles of bike facilities; in comparison the city has 305 centerline miles of roads.
The core network of Boulder’s biking and walking paths is virtually complete. Yet, there is still tremendous potential to increase trips made by foot or bike, especially in comparison to international cities such as Münster, Germany or Gronningen, Netherlands where people bike for 40 percent and walk for 55 percent of all trips, respectively.
To learn more about Bicycle Planning, please visit the page.
To learn more about Pedestrian Planning, please visit the 2018 Pedestrian Plan Update page.
Complete Streets: Transportation Network Plans
Transportation Network Plans are a more detailed planning approach that has advanced this multimodal integration at a finer grain level. TNPs define goals and facilities for all transportation modes in a specific area. Transportation Network Plans may be integrated into a subcommunity or area plan (such as the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan), or may be exclusively about transportation.
Complete Streets: Corridor Planning
Complete Street corridors are the major transportation facilities that provide intra-city access and connect to the regional transportation system. The 1996 TMP identified these corridors and called for improving all modes of travel along them. These corridors carry a majority of the trips in the community and link important activity, employment and commercial centers. Maximizing their efficient trip carrying capacity requires improving the relationship between the multimodal transportation system, land use, and urban design. Complete streets are developed as community assets that bring people together.
Current corridor plans that are underway include: