Valley communities strive for a bikeable, walkable way of life
The information presented last fall by Dan Burden of Walkable Communities Inc. stressed that if our communities are more bike and pedestrian friendly, it creates a host of traffic-calming and beautification benefits all resulting in increased use of alternative transportation modes. As a result of this presentation Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs are continuing these efforts in a valleywide transportation effort.Basalt initiated a street standards revision process in February. A collaborative team is assembling weekly to derive a new set of standards that supports a pedestrian-friendly community. The new standards will include features from several categories, including gathering elements and pedestrian-circulation features. The goal of the process is to develop a comprehensive tool kit to aid in the design of streets that will preserve and enhance the small-town character of Basalt. The Carbondale Safe Routes committee is identifying low-cost fixes to the town’s pedestrian network of trails and sidewalks. As a first step, the Safe Routes Committee is looking at the town’s schools and the pedestrian routes associated with those schools. A Carbondale example is Second Street, which is a primary connector to the elementary and middle schools. Second Street has a wide pavement width and encourages faster auto speeds. The Safe Routes Committee meets the first and third Thursdays of every month in Town Hall.The Glenwood Springs Traffic Efficiencies and Bike and Pedestrian Utilization Ad Hoc Committee has been formed to: 1) develop street standards for different street classifications, 2) develop traffic calming policy for Glenwood Springs by reviewing and drawing from other cities’ policies and developing different criteria for different street classifications; and 3) develop a Grand Avenue traffic-calming plan by using the consultant services of Dan Burden and involving CDOT staff in planning. The mission statement of this group is to safely accommodate mobility of all transportation modes while reducing impacts of cars and trucks and increasing livability.The main goal identified by this committee is to encourage alternate mode use, especially walking and bicycling, by working towards a safe balance of all street users, including autos, trucks, buses, bicycles and pedestrians. Committee members include Shelley Kaup, Nancy Reinisch, Steve Beckley, Cathy Tuttle, Jeff Fegan, Sheila Markowitz, Larry Heinrichs, Marianne Virgili, Tom McRaith, Lee Barger, Howard Raley, Jeremy Heiman, David Hamilton, Larry Thompson and Melissa Laeser. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. Cathy Tuttle is with the New Century Transportation Foundation. For a free newsletter on valleywide transit and trails issues please sign up at http://www.newcenturytrans.org. If you have a question pertaining to this column please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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