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Complete Streets

Complete Streets

Transit Planning

Where we are today

  • Boulder has a national reputation for having a great transit system!
  • Our community has worked hard to build a successful Community Transit Network.
  • Boulderites far exceed the national average for transit use.

Ridership on Boulder’s local transit routes has grown 300 percent since 1990.

Despite this success:

  • Ridership during the last several years is declining;
  • Costs are going up; and
  • Under current trends, operating costs for transit will increase and local bus service hours will decline.

Complete Streets Transit Action Plan pdf - May 29, 2014 open house
2014 Draft Transit Modal Plan pdf

What we want to achieve with TMP Update

  • Work with the community, Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) , and policymakers to develop a Renewed Vision for Transit that is consistent with communitywide sustainability goals.
  • Develop a vision that is grounded in an extensive outcome-based analysis with robust community input and reflects community values for transit system development in Boulder.
  • Engage the community and key stakeholders through Storefront Workshops,,, and public meetings to understand what the community needs and desires from a transit system.
  • Work closely with the TAC to develop potential transit scenarios and performance measures that align with city and regional sustainability goals.
  • Employ an evaluation process that recognizes the value of a “complete system” approach to transit development in Boulder and its surrounding communities.  

A key step in creating a Renewed Vision for Transit is developing scenarios to allow the community to compare the costs and benefits of various approaches to developing a complete transit system in Boulder. Scenarios used in the planning process will illustrate clear and distinct approaches to transit system design that can be evaluated relative to performance measures and community values. The scenarios will illuminate possible futures, and are not "the" future plan.

The Renewed Vision for Transit will highlight the community’s preferred scenario and will guide long-term service and capital plans, near-terms service improvements, and monitoring programs.

The State of the System Report documents the existing conditions of the local and regional transit system and provides statistics and trends associated with the performance of the system. The report will help lay the groundwork to develop the renewed vision under the city's early action items and long-term transit strategies.

Bike & Pedestrian Innovations

Where we are today

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.

Living Laboratory

The City of Boulder's Living Laboratory program, introduced in 2013, tests innovative new facilities with the intent to help people of all ages and abilities increase their trips by bicycling, walking, and riding the bus. Each facility treatment is installed as pilot project for duration of 12 to 18 months to allow experimentation and evaluation.

The Living Lab program is being deployed in phases of pilot projects, with qualitative and quantitative analysis, including extensive community feedback, to evaluate the potential for long-term application in Boulder.

The Phase II Living Lab program is underway. The city is considering pilot projects to repurpose travel lanes along certain multiuse arterial roadways to enhance access and safety for all modes of travel.

Learn more about the Living Lab here

CU East Campus

The CU East Campus Connections Project is a joint University of Colorado and City of Boulder project.

The primary objective is to work in partnership with CU, to identify mutually agreed upon projects to “move the bar forward” on important sustainable transportation connections that will be needed in the east campus area.

Two open houses were held (March 4 and 13) to collect community input on the CU East Campus project. These public meeting were held to provide information and collect public input on the potential transportation connections in the area.

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