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Pedestrian Plan

Pedestrian Plan

What is the Pedestrian Plan?                             

The Pedestrian Plan is one of three modal plans—Pedestrian, Bicyclist, and Transit—that are part of the Transportation Master Plan.

The pedestrian plan documents the community’s vision for the future of all things pedestrian including sidewalks, multi-use paths, underpasses, and pedestrian crossings.

The plan also lays out how to achieve this vision through specific policies and actions.

Provide Feedback Online

Visit Be Heard Boulder , the city's new online engagement platform, to provide feedback on the TMP update.

Updates on the way 

The Pedestrian Plan will be updated at the same time as the Transportation Master Plan in 2018/2019.

Check out some of our  preliminary ideas pdf that we presented to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) in October 2017.


Why Update?

This will be the first Pedestrian Plan update since the 1996 Pedestrian Policy Plan pdf.
Boulder has changed a lot in 20 years—today, we have more people, places and ways to get around. This plan update will provide an opportunity to understand existing conditions and potentially reassess ways to build out and maintain the desired network of facilities.
More specifically, the pedestrian plan update will give us the opportunity to:

  • Prioritize pedestrian travel as the primary mode throughout the community;
  • Hold a comprehensive community conversation about the city’s pedestrian system;
  • Include a vision for the future and specific policies and action items to achieve that vision;
  • Examine how to integrate pedestrian facilities into transit and bicycling networks ;
  • Incorporate ways to meet new Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements;
  • Expand on the “15-minute” neighborhood concept;
  • Integrate policy updates in alignment with the Transportation Master Plan and recently updated Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and Climate Commitment
  • Take in-depth look at tools to work toward a walk-friendly city, building on the five “Es”: Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement, and Evaluation.

Get involved!

We need your help to chart the future of walking in Boulder!

Sign up for the Transportation e-newsletter to receive regular updates about the process and public meetings starting in Spring 2018.

Highlights from the 2014 Transportation Master Plan about walking

The last update to the Transportation Master Plan was completed in 2014. That plan prioritized walking in several ways:

  • Providing a continuous network so that pedestrians are not stranded short of their destination or forced into difficult or potentially dangerous situations;
  • Ensuring a safe walking environment through adequate maintenance, snow removal, vegetation trimming and lighting;
  • Creating a pedestrian-oriented environment through high-quality urban design and pedestrian amenities; and
  • Providing routine education and enforcement on the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicle drivers.
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