Making a more walkable, bicycle-friendly community
At times, Glenwood Springs can be overwhelmed with bicycle and pedestrian activity, especially during those nice warm, sunny days when people cant wait to get outdoors and take a stroll down one of our local sidewalks or trails. And for many, that walkway is a path to work or school, or maybe just a way to catch the local or regional bus system. No matter what the case, the pathways in our town reflect the small-town environment that makes up Glenwood Springs. In the citys Long Range Transportation Plan, the vision statement reads, The City is to create an integrated transportation system that moves people and goods, provides modal choices, preserves the quality of life, promotes economic vitality, and exemplifies the small town environment that is Glenwood Springs. To accomplish this vision, the city must take action and begin to create solutions to deficiencies in our multimodal system.In an effort to improve pedestrian movement and safety around town, and to make this plan viable in one area of our multimodal system, it is essential to provide safe pedestrian facilities so passengers may access the transit system and their ultimate destination. The city contracted with LSC Transportation Consultants Inc. to complete the Glenwood Springs Transit Access Plan, a plan designed to identify the deficiencies in the transit accessibility, identify paths to transit that are not ADA compliant and inventory existing transit accesses, and address the deficiencies including prioritization of facilities within our community.Kyle Kosman with LSC Consultants has taken the lead role to assist us with this study, and now that we are in the final stage, he has delivered the final report of the study, which includes information to make informed decisions for pedestrian improvements necessary to accommodate reasonable access to transit stops. It also presents a list of projects that the city could develop over the short range (five years) for the area. With bicycling and walking being important elements of an integrated transportation system, constructing sidewalks, installing bicycle parking at transit stops, teaching children to ride and walk safely, installing curb cuts and ramps for wheelchairs, striping bike lanes and building trails all contribute to encourage more people to bicycle and walk safely, which in turn creates a more walkable and bicycle-friendly community.The city of Glenwood Springs strives to be a model mountain town for transportation, and understands improvements to better transit access is important to an overall successful transit service. This project will allow the city to make educated decisions regarding access to transit, understand the accessibility issues in the community, implement changes based on the information obtained from the study and plan for the future building of the transit system. The results of this project will be used by the city to create excellent transit accesses that are utilized by all members of our community. For more information about this study, alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on Transportation.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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