Dan Burden’s traffic-calming vision returns to Glenwood
When Dan Burden was here a few months ago, he began a community dialogue that led to an exciting realization: Glenwood Springs has the ability to reclaim its small-town ambiance and main street despite being the state highway to Aspen.Burden is the Director of Walkable Communities Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed in 1996 to help communities become more livable, walkable and bikeable. During the past six years, he has worked in 1,200 towns in all regions of North America, from small agricultural villages to large metropolises, helping communities identify better design for encouraging “active living.” He has been recognized by Time Magazine, Dateline NBC and the Discovery Channel as an innovator and expert in this field. On July 19-21, in a series of meetings and field “WalkAbouts,” Burden conducts his third visit to Glenwood Springs. This time he will lead focus groups of business leaders, government staff, school representatives, the medical community and law enforcement and emergency responders. He’ll work with local architects, engineers and the community in tabletop workshops and charette planning sessions to determine a Grand Avenue traffic-calming vision and priority projects. Burden agrees we can’t eliminate the heavy truck route or the tens of thousands of cars which travel on Grand Avenue daily. But we can slow down traffic, make streets safer and improve bike and pedestrian access. Burden’s message is so strong that it inspired the city to appoint a Traffic-Calming Committee to recommend solutions, and also to commit to this series of workshops.Meetings of interest to the general public include an evening workshop from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Community Center, complete with cutting-edge 3-D visualization of what things could look like; a Grand Avenue WalkAbout from 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20; a children’s charette from 8:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at City Hall; and a table design workshop from 1:15-5:30 p.m., also July 20 at City Hall.The final community meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon July 21 at City Hall, where the community will fine-tune the vision and project list and pilot project. For a complete schedule, call me at 945-6589, e-mail email@example.com, or contact the City Engineering Department. Marianne Virgili, CCE, is president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.
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