Transportation Planning Projects
The 2019 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Update is underway! Click on the tabs below to review the draft 2019 TMP and Pedestrian Plan and provide feedback before August 28th. And don't forget to participate in our Question of the Month!
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What is it like for you to walk in Boulder?
What in your life/community has helped or hindered you from walking?
What do you want to tell other people about walking?
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3 months ago
[Amy Lewin is a Senior Transportation Planner with GO Boulder and is leading the city's Pedestrian Plan update.]
A love of walking was instilled in me at an early age. I remember walking to school in fourth grade while carrying my tiny violin. My mom was a math professor, and my dad had a background in urban history. He worked as a planner for the city of New Orleans and other organizations. I kind of blended the two—I ended up in engineering, then went into transportation planning. I’m just fascinated by cities—the way they work on multiple levels and the... Continue reading
by Darcy Kitching, 6 months ago
[Alex Weinheimer is a member of the City of Boulder's Transportation Advisory Board.]
I don't own a car or a bicycle. Growing up in Boulder, I got places on foot, bike or bus, and borrowed a car from my parents when I needed to. When I moved to Houston to go to Rice University, I also chose not to own a car. After graduating, I lived in Houston's Museum District, a very walkable area with access to light rail, which made it easy to get to my office in Downtown Houston. Today, I work in my company’s Denver office, doing... Continue reading
by Darcy Kitching, 10 months ago
[Story collected in a personal interview. Lisa is a member of the City of Boulder's Pedestrian Advisory Committee.]
I'm pretty lucky in that I am able to walk 15 minutes down Walnut Street to get to work. It's very pleasant. I really enjoy walking because it's relaxing - it's a time to de-stress, listen to music, catch up with my mom, or just think about things. I'm a software engineer, so I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Walking helps me clear my mind.
I've always had a passion for transportation, and I love walking and biking.... Continue reading
by Darcy Kitching, 11 months ago
[Story collected in a personal interview. Tila is a member of the City of Boulder's Transportation Advisory Board and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.]
In many municipalities, bike and pedestrian infrastructure go hand in hand. They are complementary because it’s about protecting more vulnerable users on the street and fostering more active transportation, and in communities where there isn’t very much infrastructure (unlike here in Boulder), getting something for anybody means building it for both bikes and pedestrians. In some communities, there’s a sense that bicyclists and pedestrians are at odds with each other. But if public spaces make room for everybody,... Continue reading
by Darcy Kitching, 11 months ago
[Story collected in a personal interview. Professor Havlick is a member of the City of Boulder's Pedestrian Advisory Committee.]
I went to the University of Michigan for my Ph.D. in water resource management and got hired at CU in 1975. The directors of the architecture and planning program knew they needed to integrate planning and architecture with ecological thinking, so I was hired as the token ecologist. My family and I wanted to live in a place where we could walk and bike to school and work. We bought our property off Table Mesa Drive when it was just a... Continue reading
by Darcy Kitching, 11 months ago
[Story collected in a personal interview. Paul is a member of the City of Boulder's Pedestrian Advisory Committee.]
I’m really interested in understanding different forms of mobility and how we can get away from always being dependent on the car. I’m a civil engineer, and I’ve always had an interest in the environment and healthy living. That’s one of the reasons I moved to Boulder from Minnesota four years ago – it’s hard to be unhealthy here. I hike at Mt. Sanitas and Chautauqua often, and I love how you can go from the city to the wilderness so quickly... Continue reading
by Darcy Kitching, 12 months ago
[Story collected in a personal interview. Nora is a member of the City of Boulder's Pedestrian Advisory Committee.]
"I need to move - I’m a high-energy person, and walking is very relaxing for me, even meditative. I moved to Boulder in August 2017 and started walking with Walk2Connect and Meetup groups. Every time I go out for a walk, I get to know someone new in the community, and I really like that.
"I moved here from a rural neighborhood developed around a one-mile circle. I walked that same mile for 16 years. I would occasionally go to Barr Lake... Continue reading
by Elizabeth Weight, about 1 year ago
I walk and bike often in Boulder. Generally I find that Boulder is pedestrian- and bike-friendly, with the exception of the crossing at Iris and 13th. There is no stoplight and no blinking lights and it is rare for cars to stop at that crosswalk. I have often waved my arms and gestured to cars to stop and 6 or 7 cars will speed by before one car stops. What is most dangerous about that particular crossing is that there are 3 lanes for pedestrians to cross. Often, one car will stop one lane of traffic, but cars in the... Continue reading
by Rpierro, about 1 year ago
We walk on flat trails due to my husband's knee - we love Dry Creek, Coot Lake, Boulder Reservoir area, Twin Lakes, CU South and the neighborhoods. It's good for the mind, and our 2 dogs. Lately since we have a disabled dog, we've been staying around the neighborhood, but unfortunately we can't walk any of the trails that Bikes are on, like the Boulder Creek Path, or anything attached to it. Therefore we try to stay on sidewalks. We wish that Bicyclists would learn to announce themselves when coming up on us, but we've done our own studies and... Continue reading
by Brent Halsey, about 1 year ago
I love walking to school with my two daughters. We use a variety of means to get school -- walking, biking, scootering, driving, or a combination of these. But walking lets us fully experience our neighborhood and nature. When you're walking, you see it all in full view. The changing seasons, changing weather, leaving tracks in the snow, counting worms, etc. There's always a new adventure to be had.Walking provides a great way to connect with other classmates parading to school. For a brief period of the day, kids on the streets outnumber cars. Pedestrian to pedestrian communication is almost... Continue reading
- The Transportation Master Plan guides the city's plans and investments in transportation, such as the high frequency Community Transit Network, the multi-modal path system and underpasses, the Eco Pass and more. It also guides investments in operating and maintaining the current transportation system.
- The Pedestrian Plan will be the community’s vision for the future of all things pedestrian such as sidewalks, multi-use paths, underpasses, pedestrian crossings and more. Throughout 2018 and 2019 we will be asking you what walking in Boulder is like and how it can be improved
- The Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan will develop a complete network for safe and comfortable walking and biking for people of all ages and abilities. Help us identify the barriers to walking, biking and accessing transit in Boulder and highlight areas that need improvements.
Assessment and ScopingTransportation Planning Projects has finished this stage
January - April 2018
Technical Analysis/AlternativesTransportation Planning Projects has finished this stage
May 2018 - January 2019
Plan Development/Council AdoptionTransportation Planning Projects is currently at this stage
February - September 2019