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Vision Zero Innovation Program

The Transportation and Mobility Department is dedicating $250,000 of its Vision Zero funding in 2020 to installing innovative, quick-build improvements on city streets in 2020 and 2021 to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety and comfort. These Vision Zero Innovation Program projects (formerly known as Flex Fund) take a tactical urbanism approach to transportation safety, with a streamlined implementation process incorporating community feedback.  

The Vision Zero Innovation Program projects are intended to accelerate progress toward creating safer streets to help our community achieve our  Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries caused by severe traffic crashes. The projects will also help build the city's Vision Zero toolbox long-term. Learn more about  Vision Zero

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Staff has finalized the list of 11 treatments to be installed beginning fall 2020. View a map of treatment types and locations pdf. View "Innovation Program Treatment Types" below for further information.

Installed Treatments To-Date: 
23rd & Canyon --- Curb Extensions and Crossing Treatment (RRFB)
26th & Spruce --- Curb Extensions and Crossing Treatment (art coming in May/June 2021)
Aurora & 38th --- Curb Extensions
Aurora & 39th --- Curb Extensions
Aurora & Gilpin --- Curb Extensions
Grinnell & Viele Channel Path --- Crossing Treatment (Median Island)
Grove & 17th --- Curb Extensions and Crossing Treatment
Grove & 18th --- Curb Extensions
King's Ridge & Wonderland Path --- Crossing Treatment

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Staff is collecting community feedback following the installation of the treatments to help measure their impact on bicyclist and pedestrian safety and comfort.  Visit the installation sites  and look for the orange Vision Zero Innovation Program yard signs (below) to offer feedback in English or Spanish. 

You can also provide your feedback via this   online questionnaire . ( Spanish version )

Vision Zero sign English    Vision Zero Sign Spanish

Innovation Program Treatment Types

Safety treatments being considered through the Innovation Program are:

  • Curb extensions
    Primary Goal:  Shorten the distance pedestrians/cyclists cross through the paths of vehicles by physically narrowing the roadway (such as with flexible delineators) and/or visually narrowing the roadway (such as with artistic treatments).
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist crossing treatments
    Primary Goal:  Provide protection for pedestrians/cyclists by ensuring crossing areas are visible to drivers.
  • Traffic calming elements
    Primary Goal:  Reduce vehicle speeds to encourage safer interactions between all road users.

These three treatment types are improvements that can be made quickly and at lower cost while improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety and comfort. 

View images and examples of each treatment type in the tabs below:

Curb extensions

curb extensions graphic

​Image caption:  Examples of curb extensions include: paint and flexible delineators (Minneapolis, Minnesota, example); art and flexible delineators (Seattle, Washington, example); prefabricated metal and flexible delineators (example using curb rail); and concrete barries (Edinburgh, Scotland, example). 

Pedestrian and bicyclist crossing treatments

pedestrian crossing treatments

Image caption:  Examples of crossing treatments include: median island with striping and flexible delineators (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, example); artistic crosswalks (RiNo, Denver, Colorado, example); pedestrian and cyclist separated refuge islands (Portland, Oregon, example). 

Traffic calming elements

traffic calming elements

Image caption:  Examples of traffic calming elements include: hardened centerlines with striping and flexible delineators (New York City example); slow turn wedge (New York City example); chicanes (Lakewood, Ohio, example); and traffic circle (Denver, Colorado, example). 


Treatment Locations

Locations for the Innovation Program improvements will be determined through a combination of community feedback, data evaluation and findings from the  2019 Safe Streets Report and the  2019 Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan , which identified high-risk locations for walking and bicycling in Boulder.

An online questionnaire was available on  Be Heard Boulder in July 2020 to collect community feedback on the proposed treatment types and potential locations for installation. 

Project Timeline

Innovation Program treatments will be installed in two phases: 

  1. Group 1 (majority of treatments installed in fall-winter 2020, a few pushed to spring 2021)
  2. Group 2 (mid/late 2021)

Before and after installation, staff will collect data and community feedback to evaluate their effectiveness. 

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Contact transportation planners Jenny Godwin at  [email protected] or 303-441-4934 or Amy Lewin at  [email protected] or 303-441-4138.