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Shared Streets

Neighborhood Shared Streets (Local Access Only)

In response to COVID-19 and as part of the city’s Vision Zero program, the City of Boulder will be temporarily turning the following streets into “Shared Streets” starting in October. The shared streets will create safer public spaces for recreation and social distancing and connect residents to the city’s multi-use path system and bike lanes.

The Shared Streets are:

  • 11th Street between Arapahoe and University avenues
  • 12th Street from Baseline Road to the Chautauqua Auditorium
  • Martin Drive between Moorhead Avenue and Table Mesa Drive
  • Columbine Avenue between 12th Street and Sunnyvale Lane
  • 34th Street between Valmont Road and Howard Heuston Park at 3200 34th St.
  • Juilliard Street between Gillaspie Drive and Lehigh Street

This means that traffic will be limited on these streets to local access only (residents and traffic going to/coming from places on the street). All pedestrians and cyclists will have access to the streets for the duration of the project. You will see barricades at the entrances to these streets - please drive around them slowly! 

Local traffic includes any traffic going to or coming from a location on the streets above. This includes traffic traveling to and from schools and businesses, deliveries, waste collection, USPS, and visitors to residents living on these streets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of traffic will be allowed on the Shared Streets?

Vehicular traffic on the Shared Streets will be limited to local access only, which means that only traffic by residents of the street and traffic going to or from places on the street will be allowed. People who live on the shared streets can still drive to and from their homes as they normally would. Also allowed is traffic traveling to and from schools and businesses (including school buses), deliveries, waste collection, USPS, and visitors to residents living on these streets. The Shared Streets do not affect pedestrians and bicyclists - all pedestrians and cyclists will have access to the streets for the duration of the project

Why is access limited to local traffic only?

Traffic is limited to divert through-traffic (traffic that uses the streets to go elsewhere) to other routes so that there are fewer cars in order to provide more room for pedestrians and cyclists to recreate and travel.

How long will the Shared Streets be in place?

The Shared Streets are being implemented in October and will last through the end of the month.

How will the Shared Streets be marked?

The city has set up barriers at all the entrances to the Shared Streets - please drive around them slowly! Below are examples of what the barricades look like: 

Shared Streets barricade shared street barricade

Will the street closures affect emergency services, postal delivery, etc.?

No. Access to the Shared Streets by emergency vehicles, USPS, deliveries and waste collection will still be allowed access to the Shared Streets and will not be impacted by the access restriction. 

Will snow removal services be impacted by the Shared Streets?

No. The Shared Streets will not impact snow plows and the city plans to remove the Shared Streets before any significant snowfall. Snow removal services will be delivered as in years past; there are no changes to snow removal plans. 

Why is the city creating Shared Streets?

The Shared Streets will create safer public spaces for recreation and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and connect residents to the city’s multi-use path system and bike lanes. Many cities are creating Shared Streets during COVID-19 to create safer, shared outdoor spaces. 

Where does funding for the Shared Streets come from?

Funding for the closures comes from “Revitalizing Main Street” grants totaling $124,500 from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Can Do Colorado Challenge. Learn more

How were the Shared Street locations chosen?

The streets were chosen based on the city's Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan proposed GreenStreets, connectivity to our existing multi-use path/bike network and connectivity to green and open space.