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Pedestrian Plan

The Pedestrian Plan is the community's long-range vision for all things pedestrian in Boulder.

What is the Pedestrian Plan?                               

The Pedestrian Plan is the community's long-range vision for the future of all things pedestrian in Boulder, from sidewalks and crosswalks to safety and education programs. The plan lays out how to achieve this vision through specific policies and actions. 

The Pedestrian Plan is part of the 2019 update to Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

Vision and goals of the Pedestrian Plan 

Vision

Everyone enjoys being a pedestrian in Boulder for all types of trips - walking is easy, safe and well-connected. 

Goals

To create a pedestrian network that is:

Safe and comfortable: Walking in Boulder is safe, secure and comfortable for everyone, in support of Boulder's Vision Zero goals. 

Equitable and inclusive: Boulder is walkable and accessible for all, no matter who you are or where you live. 

Vibrant and inviting: Public spaces and pedestrian facilities are vibrant and inviting, and walking is the preferred way to get around. 

Healthy people and environment: Walking for transportation and recreation in Boulder is used to achieve improved health outcomes, social connectedness, and a sustainable and resilient environment. 

Connected and barrier-free: Access to destinations and other modes ("walk extenders") is direct, efficient, barrier-free and integrates new technologies and innovations. 

The vision and goals of the Pedestrian Plan were developed based on feedback from the community, the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). 

Ways to get involved 

  • Share your stories about being a pedestrian in Boulder.
  • Answer the Question of the Month about transportation issues. 
  • Sign up for the Transportation e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on progress of the Pedestrian Plan update. 
  • Check back here soon for more opportunities to get involved!

Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC)  

The Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) is made up of community members and examines issues related to being a pedestrian in Boulder. The PAC will also help shape materials that will be presented to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and City Council during the Pedestrian Plan update. 

The PAC held its first meeting on Aug. 30, 2018. View the packets from the meetings in the tab below. 

Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) Charter pdf

Meeting Dates and Packets

Each packet contains a summary of the previous meeting as an attachment. 

Aug. 30, 2018 pdf
Nov. 8, 2018 pdf
Jan. 17, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 20, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Existing Pedestrian Conditions: Maps and Graphs

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.

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.