Sumac Avenue Improvements Project

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The City of Boulder Transportation Division is studying Sumac Avenue from Broadway to 19th Street to address various infrastructure needs, including continuous sidewalks, pavement rehabilitation and storm drainage improvements.

The 2019 City of Boulder Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and recently approved Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network prioritize creating walkable and bikeable routes to key destinations in Boulder.

The city has identified this portion of Sumac for near-term project work due to its deteriorating pavement conditions and proximity to Crest View Elementary School. The study will assess multi-modal improvements, review storm drainage needs and gather community input.

Learn more on the project website.

The City of Boulder Transportation Division is studying Sumac Avenue from Broadway to 19th Street to address various infrastructure needs, including continuous sidewalks, pavement rehabilitation and storm drainage improvements.

The 2019 City of Boulder Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and recently approved Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network prioritize creating walkable and bikeable routes to key destinations in Boulder.

The city has identified this portion of Sumac for near-term project work due to its deteriorating pavement conditions and proximity to Crest View Elementary School. The study will assess multi-modal improvements, review storm drainage needs and gather community input.

Learn more on the project website.

Tell your story

To understand how Sumac Avenue is currently being used, we’re asking those who travel the corridor to access their homes (residents), schools (students, parents, teachers/staff) or amenities/recreation (Wonderland Lake Trailhead, walking or biking for exercise) to share a story about their experience. Do you typically drive, bike or walk the corridor? How safe does traveling by these modes alone, or with family members or friends feel? 

Thanks for submitting your Sumac Ave story! We encourage you to keep engaged in this project through clicking the “Stay Informed” button to receive updates via email. 

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    Susanne: Sumac Story Shared at Nov 21, 2019 Open House

    11 months ago

    I moved to Sumac Avenue in 2000. I had a toddler and was pregnant. We moved here from Gunbarrel for the school, and to be in town. I was surprised that there were no sidewalks.

    After we moved in, I realized it would be hard for my kids to get to school in a safe way. I joined some of the Safe Routes to School meetings - I wasn’t working, so I got involved in advocating for sidewalks. I called the city, and sidewalks were not on their radar at all. That was very frustrating.

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    Lisa: Sumac Story Shared at Nov 21, 2019 Open House

    11 months ago

    We love to bike to school. We find it harrowing crossing from 17th onto Sumac. With the glare of the sun in the morning, it’s hard for everyone. Our oldest has graduated from Crestview, but he still bikes to Centennial.

    In the last 2 to 4 years, we’ve definitely seen an increase in bicyclists and walkers at Crestview, which is great. So, helping people feel safe doing that is important. And a lot of people feel like parking is such a pain in the butt that they’d rather bike. It’s faster.

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    Katerina: Sumac Story Shared at Nov 21, 2019 Open House

    11 months ago

    We bike from the intersection of Lucky’s [about 14th] and Quince - we try to bike everyday. I have two kids, and I’m part of the neighborhood bike pool. We have a system with parents to pick up and drop off the kids everyday. We’ve done it for four years now.

    I actually reached out a year before we started at this school because it seemed like a dangerous route, and my goal was for my kids to be independent after a couple of years to bike by themselves. I contacted the city a couple of times. I feel... Continue reading

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